List of Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom From 1997
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List of Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom From 1997

This is a list of Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed in the year 1997.

Acts passed since 1963 are cited by calendar year,[1] as opposed to the convention used for earlier Acts of citing the regnal year(s) in which the relevant parliamentary session was held.[2] 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.[3]

73 Acts of Parliament were passed in 1997: 69 Public General Acts and 4 Local Acts.

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Public General Acts

Short titleCitationRoyal Assent
Long title
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.
1997 c. 56
15 July 1997
An Act to make provision about the powers of National Health Service trusts to enter into agreements.
1997 c. 57
31 July 1997
An Act to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the year ending on 31st March 1998 and to appropriate the supplies granted in this Session of Parliament.
1997 c. 58
31 July 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. 59
31 July 1997
An Act to make provision for and in connection with the ending of the assisted places schemes in England and Wales and in Scotland.
1997 c. 60
31 July 1997
An Act to enable functions of the Attorney General and of the Attorney General for Northern Ireland to be exercised by the Solicitor General; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 61
31 July 1997
An Act to make provision for the holding of a referendum in Scotland on the establishment and tax-varying powers of a Scottish Parliament and a referendum in Wales on the establishment of a Welsh Assembly; and for expenditure in preparation for a Scottish Parliament or a Welsh Assembly.
1997 c. 62
6 November 1997
An Act to make provision for the alteration of salaries payable under the Ministerial and other Salaries Act 1975.
1997 c. 63
6 November 1997
An Act to permit account to be taken of the reserved part of capital receipts in determining the amount of a supplementary credit approval to be issued to a local authority; and to substitute a power for the existing duty to specify an amortisation period when issuing a supplementary credit approval to a local authority in respect of expenditure treated by the authority as expenditure for capital purposes.
1997 c. 64
27 November 1997
An Act to extend the class of prohibited weapons under the Firearms Act 1968 to include small-calibre pistols.
1997 c. 65
27 November 1997
An Act to make provision about the powers of local authorities (including probation committees and the Receiver for the Metropolitan Police District) to enter into contracts; to enable expenditure of local authorities making administrative arrangements for magistrates' courts to be treated for some purposes as not being capital expenditure; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 66
27 November 1997
An Act to make provision about rights in relation to plant varieties; to make provision about the Plant Varieties and Seeds Tribunal; to extend the time limit for institution of proceedings for contravention of seeds regulations; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 67
17 December 1997
An Act to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending on 31st March 1998 and 1999.
1997 c. 68
17 December 1997
An Act to establish the Special Immigration Appeals Commission; to make provision with respect to its jurisdiction; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. 69
17 December 1997
An Act to make provision with respect to the qualification for appointment as, and tenure of office of, Permanent Secretary to the Lord Chancellor and Clerk of the Crown in Chancery.
  1. ^ The Senior Courts (Offices) Act 1997 originally had the short title of the Supreme Court (Offices) Act 1997, but this was amended by the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 on 1 October 2009.[4] Unusually, this occurred after the Act was repealed on 22 July 2004.[5]

Local Acts

Short titleCitationRoyal Assent
Long title
1997 c. i
15 July 1997
An Act to amend section 60 of the Hampshire Act 1983 to permit closure of Mayflower Park in Southampton or the restriction of public access to it for 10 rather than 9 consecutive days each year for the purposes of the Southampton International Boat Show; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. ii
15 July 1997
An Act to unite the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School with the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine; to transfer all rights, properties, assets and liabilities from those medical schools to the said College; to make provision with respect to the merger of the National Heart and Lung Institute with the said College; and for connected purposes.
1997 c. iii
31 July 1997
An Act to unite the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St. Thomas's Hospitals and King's College London; to transfer all rights, properties and liabilities from the Schools to the College; and for connected and other purposes.
1997 c. iv
17 December 1997
An Act to confirm a Provisional Order under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, relating to Scottish Agricultural College.
 
Scottish Agricultural College Order 1997
Provisional Order to transfer the assets of The East of Scotland College of Agriculture, The North of Scotland College of Agriculture and The West of Scotland College to The Scottish Agricultural College; and for other purposes incidental thereto.

References

  1. ^ Acts of Parliament Numbering and Citation Act 1962, 10 & 11 Eliz. 2. c. 34, s. 1.
  2. ^ 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.).
  3. ^ Erskine May, para. 30.75, archived from the original on 9 September 2021, retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ Constitutional Reform Act 2005, 2005 c. 4, ss. 59(5) & 148(1) & Sch. 11 para. 2(1); Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (Commencement No. 11) Order 2009, S.I. 2009/1604 (C. 83) arts. 2(b) & 2(d).
  5. ^ Statute Law (Repeals) Act 2004, 2004 c. 14, s. 1(1) & Sch. 1 Pt. 1 Group 4.

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