Simplification of the Criminal Law: Public Nuisance and Outraging Public Decency

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download the consultation The problem Public nuisance is a common law offence involving environmental danger or loss of amenity or offensive public behaviour. The related common law offence of outraging public decency involves indecent actions or displays that may cause offence to members of the public. These two common law offences were … Read more >

Simplifying the Immigration Rules

Project status: Pre-project

The problem Hundreds of thousands of decisions are made annually under the Immigration Rules. Decisions which can be life changing for those seeking entry or leave to remain in the UK and their families. But the Rules are widely criticised for being long, complex, and difficult to use. On 1 May 2017, the Rules totalled … Read more >

Statute Law Repeals 17th Report

Project status: Complete

Joint report with the Scottish Law Commission. Repeals included in this report Administration of Justice Agriculture Allotments and Smallholdings Aviation Defunct Bodies Ecclesiastical Education Employment Finance Local Government Pensions Property Public Health Road Traffic Scottish Acts Trade and Industry Miscellaneous

Statute Law Repeals 18th Report

Project status: Complete

Joint report with the Scottish Law Commission. Repeals included in this report Armed Forces County Gaols East India Company London Police Rating Tax and Duties Town and Country Planning Turnpikes Miscellaneous

Statute Law Repeals 19th Report

Project status: Complete

The Statute Law (Repeals) Bill, which originated in the 19th Statute Law Repeals report, became the Statute Law (Repeals) Act 2013 when it received Royal Assent on 31 January 2013. The Bill was introduced into Parliament on 10 October 2012 (details below). The Notes on the Bill and the text of the report are available at the links … Read more >

Statute Law Repeals 20th Report

Project status: Complete

The 20th Statute Law Repeals Report recommends the repeal of more than 200 Acts. The Bill accompanying the report covers a wide range of topics from agriculture and churches to trade and industry and taxation. The earliest repeal is from the Statute of Marlborough 1267. Passed during the reign of Henry III, the Statute is one of … Read more >

Surrogacy

Project status: Pre-project

Read the news story announcing the project launch The problem Becoming a parent is the greatest day in many people’s lives.  But sometimes surrogacy can be the only way for people to have children who have a genetic link to them. It is where a woman – the surrogate –  bears a child on behalf … Read more >

Tax

Project status: Pre-project

In the 18th Statute Law Repeals report, which was published in January 2008, we made several recommendations for the repeal of laws relating to taxes or duties, including stamp and customs duties. In most cases, the Acts were obsolete because the tax or duty that they imposed was abolished without the legislation itself being wholly repealed. Several … Read more >