Validating customs power of attorney
1.8 The Law Commission considered the Interpretation Act would sit more naturally in an Act about legislation in general.
The Interpretation Act relates to more than just the interpretation of legislation as it contains standard provisions regarding the commencement and repeal of legislation.
They contain clear and modern construction rules, such as provisions about dates of commencement, the calculation of time periods, and the effects of repeal, which provide legal certainty.
1.6 An interpretation statute will generally not apply if it is evident in a particular piece of legislation that its provisions override the interpretation statute’s provisions.
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The Legislation Act 2012 implemented the majority of the Law Commission’s recommendations by re-enacting, as part of the new Act, the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, the Regulations (Disallowance) Act 1989, and the Statutes Drafting and Compilation Act 1920.
The paper also seeks your comments about these attached draft provisions, and about any other issues relating to the Interpretation Act 1999 that are not covered by this paper.
Comments on the issues and proposals in this paper should be sent to the PCO by 5 pm on 16 April 2013.
The Law Commission considered that the provisions of the Interpretation Act 1999 should also go into the Legislation Act 2012.
The proposals in this paper, therefore, are designed to complete implementation of the Law Commission’s recommendations.1.3 The Law Commission noted in its 1990 report that “legislation is central to our legal system. Communicating the law to people in a clear and accessible way is critical so that people can understand it and know how to comply.