Archive for the 'statute law revision' Category

Poor Relief: Repeals Consultation – Law Commission

“In our consultation paper we propose the repeal of 57 obsolete Acts relating to the poor law relief arrangements that existed before the advent of the modern welfare state. Indeed most of them are relics of the parish-based system that existed before 1834. The earliest of them date back to 1697 during the reign of William III and made provision for the poor in areas such as Colchester, Exeter, Hereford and Shaftesbury.”

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Law Commission, 23rd July 2009


City of Dublin Repeals Consultation – Law Commission

“The Commission has identified some 40 Acts relating to the City of Dublin, spanning the years 1807 to 1920, and enacted by the UK Parliament during the period before Ireland was partitioned in 1922.”

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Law Commission, 15th August 2008


Related link: Statute Law Repeals: Consultatation Paper City of Dublin Repeal Proposal (PDF)

Think you know the law? – BBC Magazine

“Parliament has begun moves to repeal all or part of 328 Acts which experts say are completely redundant. Test your knowledge of a slice of British legal history…”

Bygone laws quiz

BBC Magazine, 19th March 2008


Servant law among acts to be axed – BBC News

“An 18th Century law aimed at preventing servants from organising ‘inside job’ burglaries is to be repealed as part of a clean-up of obsolete legislation.”

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BBC News, 18th March 2008


Legal Opinion: Time for the abolition of the workhouse and the bawdy house? – The Independent

“Some laws have been used just once in 200 years. Others have simply outlived their usefulness. Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, looks at plans to tidy up the statute-book.”

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The Independent, 6th February 2008


Statute Law Revision: Rating repeal proposals – Law Commission

“The thirty Acts proposed for repeal in this consultation date mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries and concern local taxation in England at that time. The early rating system was closely linked with the system of providing relief for the poor in each parish. Indeed the English poor-law system remained parish-based until 1930. Changes in the mid-20th century, including the establishment of the welfare state, have made these Acts obsolete.”

Consultation paper

Law Commission, 27th June 2007


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