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Blair's legislation - 'meaningless' says Straw

The Ministry of Justice (excuse the hollow laugh) is rather pleased with itself, judging from this press release referring to "A major clean-up of meaningless and defunct laws from the statute book is due to be launched in the House of Lords today. All or part of 328 Acts of Parliament masquerading as live laws are to be removed under the Statute Law (Repeals) Bill".

The emphasis in the release is on East India Company issues, turnpikes and the like, so yes, a cute diary-type story, and duly picked up by the BBC, complete with a visual plug for 'Black Adder'.

And here is the act itself, listing repeals, in part and in whole, and Blair legislation impacted includes:

  • Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  • Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001
  • Licensing Act 2003

Back on the comic stuff, note that the Unlawful Drilling Act 1819 is only repealed for Great Britain, not Ulster.

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Blogger Edland said... 11:31 am

I am guessing this is a result of Straw's failure to get that "regulatory" reform bill through in the form he wanted which would have enabled the government to strike down legislation by order. Cameron should introduce a very simple bill at the start of the next parliament repealing most of Labour's legislation since 1945.

That Blair's biggest "achievements" were the removal of Section 28 and a reduction in the level gay-bashing on the streets of Burnley pretty much sums up the "success" of ten years in government.  



Anonymous Geoff said... 4:54 pm

Unlawful Drilling Act 1819?

Please don't let my girlfriend know just yet.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 1:16 pm

Mark my words, this will turn out to be a backdoor way of striking down some awkward legislation that might be usable as a defence against EU encroachments. Bill of Rights anyone?

Oh and they're going to "update" the Treason Acts too - just in case anyone should think them guilty for handing the country over to a Foreign Power.  



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