Statute Law (Repeals) Act 2008

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Statute Law (Repeals) Act 2008[1]
Long titleAn Act to promote the reform of the statute law by the repeal, in accordance with recommendations of the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission, of certain enactments which (except in so far as their effect is preserved) are no longer of practical utility, and to make other provision in connection with the repeal of those enactments.
Citation2008 c. 12
Introduced byLord Hunt of Kings Heath and Michael Wills[2]
Territorial extent England and Wales; Scotland; Northern Ireland; Isle of Man
Royal assent21 July 2008[3]
Commencement21 July 2008
Status: Current legislation
History of passage through Parliament
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Statute Law (Repeals) Act 2008 (c. 12) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which repealed more than 250 Acts of Parliament in full, and more than 50 in part.


In January 2008 the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission jointly published their eighteenth Statute Law Repeals Report, which consisted largely of a draft bill which became this Act. The report recommended the repeal of statute law which the commissions considered "spent, obsolete, unnecessary or otherwise not now of practical utility".[4] This Repeal Act was notable in particular as it repealed (except as it extends to Northern Ireland) the last remaining portion of the Six Acts, the Unlawful Drilling Act 1819, which was introduced after the Peterloo Massacre to prevent assemblies. [5]

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  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title is authorised by section 3 of this Act.
  2. ^ "House of Lords Hansard for 27 Feb 2008 (pt 1)". Hansard. Parliament of the United Kingdom. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  3. ^ "House of Lords Hansard for 21 Jul 2008 (pt 1)". Hansard. Parliament of the United Kingdom. 21 July 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  4. ^ "Statute Law Repeals: Eighteenth Report" (PDF). the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission. January 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  5. ^ "History Features: Peterloo law set to be repealed". BBC Manchester. 19 March 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2017.

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