List of Acts of the 5th Session of the 51st Parliament of the United Kingdom
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List of Acts of the 5th Session of the 51st Parliament of the United Kingdom

This is a list of Acts of the 5th session of the 51st Parliament of the United Kingdom, which ran from 23 October 1996[1] until 21 March 1997.[2]

Acts passed since 1963 are cited by calendar year,[3] as opposed to the convention used for earlier Acts of citing the regnal year(s) in which the relevant parliamentary session was held.[4] Each Act passed in a respective year is given a chapter number (abbreviated "c."), denoted by Arabic numerals in the case of Public General Acts, lowercase Roman numerals in the case of Local Acts, or italicised Arabic numerals in the case of Personal Acts. These run as separate series.[5]

63 Acts of Parliament were passed by the 51st Parliament in its 5th session: 59 Public General Acts and 4 Local Acts.

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Public General Acts

Short titleCitationRoyal Assent
Long title
1996 c. 60
18 December 1996
An Act to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending on 31st March 1997 and 1998.
1996 c. 61
18 December 1996
An Act to provide for the construction, maintenance and operation of a railway between St. Pancras, in London, and the Channel Tunnel portal at Castle Hill, Folkestone, in Kent, together with associated works, and of works which can be carried out in conjunction therewith; to make provision about related works; to provide for the improvement of the A2 at Cobham, in Kent, and of the M2 between junctions 1 and 4, together with associated works; to make provision with respect to compensation in relation to the acquisition of blighted land; and for connected purposes.
1996 c. 62
18 December 1996
An Act to amend the Theft Act 1968 and the Theft Act 1978; and for connected purposes.
1996 c. 63
18 December 1996
An Act to make provision about privileges and immunities in relation to an economic and trade office established in the United Kingdom by the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
1997 c. 1
27 February 1997
An Act to confer power on the Horserace Totalisator Board to receive or negotiate bets made otherwise than by way of pool betting.
1997 c. 2
27 February 1997
An Act to amend the Land Registration Act 1925.
1997 c. 3
27 February 1997
An Act to make provisions for fisheries for lobsters and other crustaceans.
1997 c. 4
27 February 1997
An Act to amend the Telecommunications Act 1984 to make further provision for the prevention of fraud in connection with use of a telecommunication system.
1997 c. 5
27 February 1997
An Act to amend the Firearms Acts 1968 to 1992; to make provision in relation to the licensing and regulation of pistol clubs; to make further provision for regulating the possession of, and transactions relating to, firearms and ammunition; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 6
27 February 1997
An Act to enable local authorities in Scotland to take Gaelic names; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 7
27 February 1997
An Act to make provision connected with Northern Ireland about the decommissioning of firearms, ammunition and explosives; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 8
27 February 1997
An Act to consolidate certain enactments relating to town and country planning in Scotland with amendments to give effect to recommendations of the Scottish Law Commission.
1997 c. 9
27 February 1997
An Act to consolidate certain enactments relating to special controls in respect of buildings and areas of special architectural or historic interest with amendments to give effect to recommendations of the Scottish Law Commission.
1997 c. 10
27 February 1997
An Act to consolidate certain enactments relating to special controls in respect of hazardous substances with amendments to give effect to recommendations of the Scottish Law Commission.
1997 c. 11
27 February 1997
An Act to make provision for repeals, consequential amendments, transitional matters and savings in connection with the consolidation of enactments in the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 and the Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Scotland) Act 1997 (including provisions to give effect to recommendations of the Scottish Law Commission).
1997 c. 12
27 February 1997
An Act to amend the law about civil procedure in England and Wales; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 13
27 February 1997
An Act to enable effect to be given to certain provisions of the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 9th December 1994.
1997 c. 14
27 February 1997
An Act to extend the powers of the Trustees of the National Heritage Memorial Fund.
1997 c. 15
19 March 1997
An Act to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending on 31st March 1996 and 1997.
1997 c. 16
19 March 1997
An Act to grant certain duties, to alter other duties, and to amend the law relating to the National Debt and the Public Revenue, and to make further provision in connection with Finance.
1997 c. 17
19 March 1997
An Act to make provision extending the categories of persons from whom non-intimate body samples may be taken without consent under Part V of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984; and to add a further time limit to those operating for the purposes of section 63A(4)(a) of that Act.
1997 c. 18
19 March 1997
An Act to amend the Policyholders Protection Act 1975; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 19
19 March 1997
An Act to make provision about finding registered pharmaceutical chemists unfit to practise due to ill health; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 20
19 March 1997
An Act to provide for the acquisition of British citizenship by certain British nationals in Hong Kong.
1997 c. 21
19 March 1997
An Act to create new criminal offences in relation to the possession or marketing of, and publications relating to, knives; to confer powers on the police to stop and search people or vehicles for knives and other offensive weapons and to seize items found; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 22
19 March 1997
An Act to consolidate the enactments relating to architects.
1997 c. 23
19 March 1997
An Act to consolidate certain enactments relating to the lieutenancies in Great Britain.
1997 c. 24
19 March 1997
An Act to consolidate the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979 and the enactments amending it.
1997 c. 25
19 March 1997
An Act to consolidate the Justices of the Peace Act 1979 and provisions of Part IV of the Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994.
1997 c. 26
19 March 1997
An Act to enable the Secretary of State to dispose of his crofting estates and certain other property of his in the crofting counties to approved crofting bodies; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 27
19 March 1997
An Act to re-state, with amendments, Part IV of the Social Security Administration Act 1992.
1997 c. 28
19 March 1997
An Act to amend the Merchant Shipping Act 1995; to extend the powers of fire authorities to use fire brigades and equipment at sea; to make further provision about the protection of wrecks; to amend Part III of the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990; to make provision about piracy; to provide for the continuing application to the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund of section 1 of the International Organisations Act 1968; to make provision about the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 29
19 March 1997
An Act to make further provision about non-domestic rating; to make further provision about parishes and parish councils; to confer additional powers on parish councils and community councils; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 30
19 March 1997
An Act to make further provision with respect to property in the possession of the police.
1997 c. 31
21 March 1997
Apply a sum out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the year ending on 31st March 1998; to appropriate the supplies granted in this Session of Parliament; and to repeal certain Consolidated Fund and Appropriation Acts.
1997 c. 32
21 March 1997
An Act to amend the Building Societies Act 1986; to make provision for amalgamating the Building Societies Investor Protection Board and the Deposit Protection Board into a single board and the Building Societies Investor Protection Fund and the Deposit Protection Fund into a single fund; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 33
21 March 1997
An Act to permit the confiscation of intoxicating liquor held by or for use by young persons in public and certain other places; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 34
21 March 1997
An Act to reform the law of Scotland relating to the admissibility of extrinsic evidence to prove an additional term of a contract or unilateral voluntary obligation, to the supersession of a contract by a deed executed in implement of it and to the obtaining of damages for breach of contract of sale; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 35
21 March 1997
An Act to make further provision about the Scottish legal services ombudsman; to alter the jurisdiction of the Commissioner for Local Administration in Scotland; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 36
21 March 1997
An Act to amend the Flood Prevention (Scotland) Act 1961 in relation to flood prevention measures to be taken by local authorities; to repeal section 11(2) of the Land Drainage (Scotland) Act 1930 and section 8(2) of the Land Drainage (Scotland) Act 1941; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 37
21 March 1997
An Act to make provision with respect to the financial limit in section 18(3) of the Welsh Development Agency Act 1975.
1997 c. 38
21 March 1997
An Act to enable prisoners in England and Wales, and other persons to whom provisions of the Prison Act 1952 are applied by section 43 of that Act, to be tested for alcohol.
1997 c. 39
21 March 1997
An Act to make provision for regulating access by defendants and others to certain categories of material disclosed by the prosecution or by the Criminal Cases Review Commission in connection with proceedings relating to certain sexual and other offences.
1997 c. 40
21 March 1997
An Act to make provision for protecting persons from harassment and similar conduct.
1997 c. 41
21 March 1997
An Act to amend the law in respect of distribution of assets on the take-over or conversion of a building society.
1997 c. 42
21 March 1997
An Act to make provision about the health, safety and welfare at work of members of police forces, special constables, other persons having the powers or privileges of a constable, and police cadets; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 43
21 March 1997
An Act to make further provision with respect to the treatment of offenders; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 44
21 March 1997
An Act to amend the law relating to education in schools and further education in England and Wales; to make provision for the supervision of the awarding of external academic and vocational qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 45
21 March 1997
An Act to provide for the insurance by police authorities and the Receiver for the Metropolitan Police District of persons providing voluntary assistance for police purposes.
1997 c. 46
21 March 1997
An Act to provide for new arrangements in relation to the provision within the national health service of medical, dental, pharmaceutical and other services; to make provision about medical lists and vacancies and the sale of medical practices; to make provision about the expenditure of Health Authorities and Health Boards; to make provision about ophthalmic services; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 47
21 March 1997
An Act to amend the law relating to social security offences and to make other amendments of the law relating to the administration of social security.
1997 c. 48
21 March 1997
An Act to make provision as respects Scotland in relation to criminal appeals, the disposal of offenders, criminal procedure, evidence in criminal proceedings, the treatment and early release of prisoners, offences committed by newly released prisoners, criminal legal assistance, the police, confiscation of alcohol from persons under 18, sex offenders and the payment by the Lord Advocate of grants for the provision of forensic medical services; to enable courts in England and Wales and Northern Ireland to remit offenders to courts in Scotland in certain circumstances; to make amendments consequential upon the provisions of this Act to the law in other parts of the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 49
21 March 1997
An Act to amend the law about public entertainments licences relating to places at or near which controlled drugs are supplied or used and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 50
21 March 1997
An Act to make provision for the National Criminal Intelligence Service and the National Crime Squad; to make provision about entry on and interference with property and with wireless telegraphy in the course of the prevention or detection of serious crime; to make provision for the Police Information Technology Organisation; to provide for the issue of certificates about criminal records; to make provision about the administration and organisation of the police; to repeal certain enactments about rehabilitation of offenders; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 51
21 March 1997
An Act to require the notification of information to the police by persons who have committed certain sexual offences; to make provision with respect to the commission of certain sexual acts outside the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 52
21 March 1997
An Act to amend the Police Pensions Act 1976 and the Fire Services Act 1947 so as to make provision in respect of transfer values and other lump sum payments and permit police and fire authorities to provide information relating to pension schemes.
1997 c. 53
21 March 1997
An Act to amend the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 54
21 March 1997
An Act to require local authorities to prepare reports relating to the levels of road traffic in their areas; and for related purposes.
1997 c. 55
21 March 1997
An Act to make provision (including provision having retrospective effect) authorising the Secretary of State to impose charges in respect of registrations effected in accordance with regulations under section 6(2) or 7(1) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Local Acts

Short titleCitationRoyal Assent
Long title
1996 c. x
18 December 1996
An Act to confirm a Provisional Order under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, relating to City of Edinburgh Council.
 
City of Edinburgh Council Order 1996
Provisional Order to empower The City of Edinburgh Council to create and maintain a general reserve fund.
1996 c. xi
18 December 1996
An Act to confirm a Provisional Order under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, relating to Edinburgh Merchant Company.
 
Edinburgh Merchant Company Order 1996
Provisional Order to continue in being the Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh and to consolidate with amendments the Acts relating to the Company and to the widows' fund and endowments trust of the Company; to reconstitute and confer powers on the Master's court of the Company and to vest in the Master's court the Alexander Darling Silk Mercer's fund and to make provision as to the management and administration thereof; to make provision for the dissolution of the widows' fund; to make provision as to the vesting in the said endowments trust of the Russell and Foster Endowment and to confer powers on the endowments trust; and for other purposes.
1996 c. xii
18 December 1996
An Act to confirm a Provisional Order under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, relating to Scottish Borders Council (Jim Clark Memorial Rally).
 
Scottish Borders Council (Jim Clark Memorial Rally) Order 1996
Provisional Order to authorise the Jim Clark Memorial Rally to take place on certain public roads in the former district of Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders; to confer powers on The Scottish Borders Council in relation thereto; and for other purposes.
1996 c. xiii
18 December 1996
An Act to confirm a Provisional Order under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, relating to Western Isles Council (Berneray Causeway).
 
Western Isles Council (Berneray Causeway) Order 1996
Provisional Order to authorise the Western Isles Council to construct a causeway for pedestrian and vehicular traffic between the islands of North Uist and Berneray in the Western Isles Area.

References

  1. ^ House of Commons, Journals of the House of Commons, 253, p. 1.
  2. ^ House of Commons, Journals of the House of Commons, 253, p. 346.
  3. ^ Acts of Parliament Numbering and Citation Act 1962, 10 & 11 Eliz. 2. c. 34, s. 1.
  4. ^ Law Commission; Scottish Law Commission, Report on the Interpretation Act 1889 and certain other enactments relating to the construction and operation of Acts of Parliament and other instruments (PDF), (Cmnd. 7235; Law Com. No. 90; Scot Law Com. No. 53, 1978) para. 7A; cf. An Act for shortening the Language used in Acts of Parliament, 13 & 14 Vict. c. 21, s. 3 (now rep.) and the Interpretation Act 1889, 52 & 53 Vict. c. 63, s. 35(1) (now rep.).
  5. ^ Erskine May, para. 30.75, archived from the original on 9 September 2021, retrieved 2021.

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