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SCHEDULE 1E+W+S+N.I. Words and Expressions Defined

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C1Sch. 1 excluded in part (6.4.2003 with effect in accordance with s. 723(1) of the excluding Act) by Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 (c. 1), s. 721(6)(b) (subject to Sch. 7)

Note: The years or dates which follow certain entries in this Schedule are relevant for the purposes of paragraph 4 of Schedule 2 (application to existing enactments).

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    • [F1Act” means an Act of Parliament.]

    • Associated state” means a territory maintaining a status of association with the United Kingdom in accordance with the M1West Indies Act 1967. [16th February 1967]

    • Bank of England” means, as the context requires, the Governor and Company of the Bank of England or the bank of the Governor and Company of the Bank of England.

    • Bank of Ireland” means, as the context requires, the Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland or the bank of the Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland.

    • British Islands” means the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. [1889]

    • [F2British overseas territory” has the same meaning as in the British Nationality Act 1981;]

    • British possession” means any part of Her Majesty’s dominions outside the United Kingdom; and where parts of such dominions are under both a central and a local legislature, all parts under the central legislature are deemed, for the purposes of this definition, to be one British possession. [1889]

    • F3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    • Building regulations”, in relation to England and Wales, [F4has the meaning given by section 122 of the Building Act 1984]

    • Central funds”, in an enactment providing in relation to England and Wales for the payment of costs out of central funds, means money provided by Parliament.

    • [F5Charity Commission” means the Charity Commission for England and Wales (see section 13 of the Charities Act 2011).]

    • Church Commissioners” means the Commissioners constituted by the M2Church Commissioners Measure 1947.

    • [F6Civil partnership” means a civil partnership which exists under or by virtue of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (and any reference to a civil partner is to be read accordingly).]

    • Colonial legislature”, and “legislature” in relation to a British possession, mean the authority, other than the Parliament of the United Kingdom or Her Majesty in Council, competent to make laws for the possession. [1889]

    • Colony” means any part of Her Majesty’s dominions outside the British Islands except—

      (a)

      countries having fully responsible status within the Commonwealth;

      (b)

      territories for whose external relations a country other than the United Kingdom is responsible;

      (c)

      associated states:

      and where parts of such dominions are under both a central and a local legislature, all parts under the central legislature are deemed for the purposes of this definition to be one colony. [1889]

    • Commencement”, in relation to an Act or enactment, means the time when the Act or enactment comes into force.

    • Committed for trial” means—

      (a)

      [F7in relation to England and Wales, committed in custody or on bail by a magistrates’ court pursuant to [F8section 6 of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980], or by any judge or other authority having power to do so, with a view to trial before a judge and jury; [1889]]

      (b)

      in relation to Northern Ireland, committed in custody or on bail by a magistrates’ court pursuant to [F9Article 37 of the Magistrates’ Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981], or by a court, judge, resident magistrate F10. . . or other authority having power to do so, with a view to trial on indictment. [1st January 1979]

    • [F11“The EU” or “the EU Treaties”] and other expressions defined by section 1 of and Schedule 1 to the M3European Communities Act 1972 have the meanings prescribed by that Act.

    • Comptroller and Auditor General” means the Comptroller-General of the receipt and issue of Her Majesty’s Exchequer and Auditor-General of Public Accounts F12. . . .

    • Consular officer” has the meaning assigned by Article 1 of the Vienna Convention set out in Schedule 1 to the M4Consular Relations Act 1968.

    • [F13The Corporation Tax Acts” means the enactments relating to the taxation of the income and chargeable gains of companies and of company distributions (including provisions relating to income tax);]

    • County court” means—

      (a)

      in relation to England and Wales, [F14the county court established under section A1 of] [F15the County Courts Act 1984]; [1846]

      (b)

      in relation to Northern Ireland, a court held [F16for a division] under the County Courts [F17(Northern Ireland) Order 1980]. [1889]

    • Court of Appeal” means—

      (a)

      in relation to England and Wales, Her Majesty’s Court of Appeal in England;

      (b)

      in relation to Northern Ireland, Her Majesty’s Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland.

    • [F18Court of Judicature” means the Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland.]

    • Court of summary jurisdiction”, “summary conviction” and “Summary Jurisdiction Acts”, in relation to Northern Ireland, have the same meanings as in Measures of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Acts of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.

    • Crown Court” means—

      (a)

      in relation to England and Wales, the Crown Court constituted by section 4 of the M5Crown Courts Act 1971;

      (b)

      in relation to Northern Ireland, the Crown Court constituted by section 4 of the M6Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978.

    • Crown Estate Commissioners” means the Commissioners referred to in section 1 of the M7Crown Estate Act 1961.

    • [F19EEA agreement” means the agreement on the European Economic Area signed at Oporto on 2nd May 1992, together with the Protocol adjusting that Agreement signed at Brussels on 17th March 1993, as modified or supplemented from time to time. [The date of the coming into force of this paragraph.]

    • EEA state”, in relation to any time, means—

      (a)

      a state which at that time is a member State; or

      (b)

      any other state which at that time is a party to the EEA agreement. [The date of the coming into force of this paragraph.]]

    • [F20Enactment[F21 includes any retained direct EU legislation but] does not include an enactment comprised in, or in an instrument made under, an Act of the Scottish Parliament.]

    • England” means, subject to any alteration of boundaries under Part IV of the M8Local Government Act 1972, the area consisting of the counties established by section 1 of that Act, Greater London and the Isles of Scilly. [1st April 1974].

    • Financial year” means, in relation to matters relating to the Consolidated Fund, the National Loans Fund, or moneys provided by Parliament, or to the Exchequer or to central taxes or finance, the twelve months ending with 31st March. [1889]

    • Governor-General” includes any person who for the time being has the powers of the Governor-General, and “Governor”, in relation to any British possession, includes the officer for the time being administering the government of that possession. [1889]

    • [F22Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs” has the meaning given by section 4 of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005.]

    • High Court” means—

      (a)

      in relation to England and Wales, Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice in England;

      (b)

      in relation to Northern Ireland, Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland.

    • [F23The Immigration Acts” has the meaning given by [F24section 61 of the UK Borders Act 2007].]

    • The Income Tax Acts” means all enactments relating to income tax, including any provisions of the Corporation Tax Acts which relate to income tax.

    • Land” includes building and other structures, land covered with water, and any estate, interest, easement, servitude or right in or over land. [1st January 1979].

    • Lands Clauses Acts” means—

      (a)

      in relation to England and Wales, the M9Lands Clauses Consolidation Act 1845 and the M10Lands Clauses Consolidation Acts Amendment Act 1860, and any Acts for the time being in force amending those Acts; [1889]

      (b)

      in relation to Scotland, the M11Lands Clauses Consolidation (Scotland) Act 1845 and the M12Lands Clauses Consolidation Acts Amendment Act 1860, and any Acts for the time being in force amending those Acts; [1889]

      (c)

      in relation to Northern Ireland, the enactments defined as such by section 46(1) of the M13Interpretation Act Northern Ireland) 1954. [1889]

    • Local land charges register”, in relation to England and Wales, means [F25the register] kept pursuant to section 3 of the M14Local Land Charges Act 1975, F26...

    • [F27Local policing body” has the meaning given by section 101(1) of the Police Act 1996.]

    • London borough” means a borough described in Schedule 1 to the M15London Government Act 1963, “inner London borough” means one of the boroughs so described and numbered from 1 to 12 and “outer London borough” means one of the boroughs so described and numbered from 13 to 32, subject (in each case) to any alterations made under Part IV of the M16Local Government Act 1972 [F28, Part 2 of the Local Government Act 1992 or Part 1 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007].

    • Lord Chancellor” means the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain.

    • Magistrates’ court” has the meaning assigned to it—

      (a)

      in relation to England and Wales, by [F29section 148 of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980];

      (b)

      in relation to Northern Ireland, by [F30Article 2(2) of the Magistrates’ Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981].

    • Month” means calendar month. [1850]

    • National Debt Commissioners” means the Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt.

    • Northern Ireland legislation” has the meaning assigned by section 24(5) of this Act. [1st January 1979]

    • Oath” and “affidavit” include affirmation and declaration, and “swear” includes affirm and declare.

    • [F31Officer of a provider of probation services” in relation to England and Wales, has the meaning given by section 9(1) of the Offender Management Act 2007;” and]

    • [F32Officer of Revenue and Customs” has the meaning given by section 2(1) of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005.]

    • Ordnance Map” means a map made under powers conferred by the M17Ordnance Survey Act 1841 or the M18Boundary Survey (Ireland) Act 1854.

    • Parliamentary Election” means the election of a Member to serve in Parliament for a constituency. [1889]

    • [F33PAYE income” has the meaning given by section 683 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003.

    • PAYE regulations” means regulations under section 684 of that Act.]

    • Person” includes a body of persons corporate or unincorporate. [1889]

    • [F34Police and crime commissioner” means a police and crime commissioner established under section 1 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.]

    • Police areaF35. . . and other expressions relating to the police have the meaning or effect described—

      (a)

      in relation to England and Wales, by [F36section 101(1) of the Police Act 1996];

      (b)

      F37. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    • F38. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    • [F39Police Service of Northern Ireland” and “Police Service of Northern Ireland Reserve” have the same meaning as in the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000;]

    • The Privy Council” means the Lords and others of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

    • [F40Provider of probation services”, in relation to England and Wales, has the meaning given by section 3(6) of the Offender Management Act 2007;”.]

    • [F41“Registered” in relation to nurses, to midwives or to nursing associates, means registered in the register maintained under article 5 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 by virtue of a qualification which is an approved qualification for the purposes of registration in the relevant part of that register.]

    • [F42Registered medical practitioner” means a fully registered person within the meaning of the Medical Act 1983 who holds a licence to practise under that Act.]

    • [F43“Registered provider of social housing” and “private registered provider of social housing” have the meanings given by section 80 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (and “non-profit” and “profit-making” in connection with a registered provider are to be read in accordance with section 115 of that Act).]

    • Rules of Court” in relation to any court means rules made by the authority having power to make rules or orders regulating the practice and procedure of that court, and in Scotland includes Acts of Adjournal and Acts of Sederunt; and the power of the authority to make rules of court (as above defined) includes power to make such rules for the purpose of any Act which directs or authorises anything to be done by rules of court. [1889]

    • Secretary of State” means one of Her Majesty’s Principal Secretaries of State.

    • [F44Senior Courts” means the Senior Courts of England and Wales.]

    • [F45Sent for trial” means, in relation to England and Wales, sent by a magistrates' court to the Crown Court for trial pursuant tosection 51 or 51A of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.]

    • [F46Sewerage undertaker”, in relation to England and Wales, shall be construed in accordance with section 6 of the Water Industry Act 1991].

    • [F47“Sheriff” is to be construed in accordance with section 134(2) and (3) of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.]

    • [F48The standard scale”, with reference to a fine or penalty for an offence triable only summarily,—

      (a)

      in relation to England and Wales, has the meaning given by section 37 of the M19Criminal Justice Act 1982;

      (b)

      in relation to Scotland, has the meaning given by section 225(1) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995];

      (c)

      in relation to Northern Ireland, has the meaning given by Article 5 of the M20Fines and Penalties (Northern Ireland) Order 1984.

    • Statutory declaration” means a declaration made by virtue of the M21Statutory Declarations Act 1835.

    • [F49Statutory maximum”, with reference to a fine or penalty on summary conviction for an offence,—

      (a)

      in relation to England and Wales, means the prescribed sum within the meaning of section 32 of the M22Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980;

      (b)

      in relation to Scotland, means the prescribed sum within the meaning of section 225(8) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995]; and

      (c)

      in relation to Northern Ireland, means the prescribed sum within the meaning of Article 4 of the Fines and Penalties (Northern Ireland) Order 1984.

    • [F50Supreme Court” means the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.]

    • [F51The Tax Acts” means the Income Tax Acts and the Corporation Tax Acts.]

    • The Treasury” means the Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury.

    • [F52Trust of land” and “trustees of land”, in relation to England and Wales, have the same meanings as in the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.]

    • United Kingdom” means Great Britain and Northern Ireland. [12th April 1927]

    • [F53Wales” means the combined area of the counties which were created by section 20 of the M23Local Government Act 1972, as originally enacted, but subject to any alteration made under section 73 of that Act (consequential alteration of boundary following alteration of watercourse).]

    • [F54Water undertaker”, in relation to England and Wales, shall be construed in accordance with section 6 of the Water Industry Act 1991].

    • Writing” includes typing, printing, lithography, photography and other modes of representing or reproducing words in a visible form, and expressions referring to writing are construed accordingly.

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F1In Sch. 1 definition of "Act" inserted (1.7.1999) by 1998 c. 46, s. 125, Sch. 8 para. 16(3) (with s. 126(3)-(11)); S.I. 1998/3178, art. 2

F2Sch. 1: definition of "British overseas territory" inserted (26.2.2002) by 2002 c. 8, s. 1(3)

F5Sch. 1: definition of "Charity Commission" substituted (14.3.2012) by Charities Act 2011 (c. 25), ss. 354, 355, Sch. 7 para. 35 (with s. 20(2), Sch. 8)

F6In Sch. 1 definition of "civil partnership" inserted (5.12.2005) by Civil Partnership Act 2004 (c. 33), ss. 261(1), 263(10), Sch. 27 para. 59; S.I. 2005/3175, art. 2(2)

F7Sch. 1: words repealed (18.6.2012 for specified purposes, 5.11.2012 for specified purposes, 28.5.2013 for specified purposes) by Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44), ss. 41, 332, 336(3)(4), Sch. 3 para. 49(a), Sch. 37 Pt. 4; S.I. 2012/1320, art. 4(1)(c)(d)(2)(3) (with art. 5); S.I. 2012/2574, art. 2(c)(d)(2)(3), Sch. (with arts. 3, 4) (as amended (4.11.2012) by S.I. 2012/2761, art. 2) (with S.I. 2013/1103, art. 4); S.I. 2013/1103, art. 2(1)(c)(d)(2)(3) (with arts. 3, 4)

F10In Sch. 1 in paragraph (b) of definition of "committed for trial" words repealed (1.4.2005) by Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (c. 26), ss. 86, 87, Sch. 13; S.R. 2005/109, art. 2, Sch.

F14Words in Sch. 1 substituted (22.4.2014) by Crime and Courts Act 2013 (c. 22), s. 61(3), Sch. 9 para. 94; S.I. 2014/954, art. 2(c) (with art. 3) (with transitional provisions and savings in S.I. 2014/956, arts. 3-11)

F18In Sch. 1 definition of "Court of Judicature" inserted (1.10.2009) by Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (c. 4), ss. 59(5), 148(1), Sch. 11 para. 24(b); S.I. 2009/1604, art. 2

F19In Sch.1 definitions of "EEA agreement" and "EEA state" inserted (8.1.2007) by Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 (c. 51), ss. 26(1), 33

F20In Sch. 1 definition of "enactment" inserted (1.7.1999) by 1998 c. 46, s. 125, Sch. 8 para. 16(3) (with s. 126(3)-(11)); S.I. 1998/3178, art. 2

F22In Sch. 1 definition of "Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs" inserted (7.4.2005 at 5.45 p.m.) by Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005 (c. 11), ss. 4(3), 53; S.I. 2005/1126, art. 2

F23In Sch. 1 definition of "the immigration acts" inserted (30.3.2006) by Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 (c. 13), s. 64(4)

F24Sch. 1: words in definition of "The Immigration Acts" substituted (30.10.2007) by UK Borders Act 2007 (c. 30), ss. 59(2), 61(4)

F25Words in Sch. 1 substituted (12.4.2015) by Infrastructure Act 2015 (c. 7), s. 57(5)(e), Sch. 5 para. 34(a) (with Sch. 5 Pt. 4)

F26Words in Sch. 1 omitted (12.4.2015) by virtue of Infrastructure Act 2015 (c. 7), s. 57(5)(e), Sch. 5 para. 34(b) (with Sch. 5 Pt. 4)

F28Sch. 1: words in definition of "London borough" substituted (1.11.2007 with application as mentioned in art. 1(1) of the commencing S.I.) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 22, 245, Sch. 1 para. 14; S.I. 2007/3136, art. 2 (subject to art. 3)

F31Sch. 1: definition of "Officer of a provider of probation services" inserted (1.4.2008) by Offender Management Act 2007 (c. 21), ss. 39, 41(1), Sch. 3 para. 2; S.I. 2008/504, art. 3(k)(l)

F32In Sch. 1 definition of "Officer of Revenue and Customs" inserted (7.4.2005 at 5.45 p.m.) by Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005 (c. 11), ss. 2(7), 53; S.I. 2005/1126, art. 2

F33In Sch. 1 definitions of "PAYE income" and "PAYE regulations" inserted (6.4.2003 with effect as mentioned in s. 723(1)(a)(b) of amending Act) by Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 (c. 1), ss. 722, 723, Sch. 6 Pt. 2 para. 148 (subject to Sch. 7)

F36In Sch. 1 in definition of "police area" words substituted (22.8.1996) by 1996 c. 16, ss. 103, 104(1), Sch. 7 Pt. II para. 32

F39Sch. 1: definitions of "Police Service of Northern Ireland" and "Police Service of Northern Ireland Reserve" inserted (4.11.2001) by 2000 c. 32, s. 74, Sch. 6, para. 5; S.R. 2001/396, art. 2, Sch.

F40Sch. 1: definition of "Provider of probation services" inserted (1.4.2008) by Offender Management Act 2007 (c. 21), ss. 39, 41(1), Sch. 3 para. 2; S.I. 2008/504, art. 3(k)(l)

F42Sch. 1: definition of "registered medical practitioner" substituted by S.I. 2002/3135, art. 16(1), Sch. 1 para. 10 (with transitional provisions in Sch. 2) (the amendment coming into force in accordance with art. 1(2)(3) of the amending S.I.)

F43Sch. 1: definition of "registered provider of social housing" inserted (1.4.2010) by Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (c. 17), ss. 277, 325(1), Sch. 9 para. 5; S.I. 2010/862, arts. 1(2), 2 (subject to Sch.); and definition of "registered provider of social housing" and "private registered provider of social housing" immediately substituted (1.4.2010) for that definition by The Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (Registration of Local Authorities) Order 2010 (S.I. 2010/844), arts. 1(2), 6, Sch. 2 para. 1

F44In Sch. 1 definition of "Senior Courts" inserted (1.10.2009) by Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (c. 4), ss. 59(5), 148(1), Sch. 11 para. 24(b); S.I. 2009/1604, art. 2

F45In Sch. 1 definition of "sent for trial" inserted (9.5.2005 for specified purposes, 18.6.2012 for specified purposes, 5.11.2012 for specified purposes, 28.5.2013 for specified purposes) by Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44), ss. 41, 336(3), Sch. 3 Pt. 2 para. 49(b); S.I. 2005/1267, art. 2, Sch. Pt. 1 para. 1(1)(h); S.I. 2012/1320, art. 4(1)(c)(2)(3) (with art. 5) (see S.I. 2012/2574, art. 4(2) and S.I. 2013/1103, art. 4); S.I. 2012/2574, art. 2(c)(2)(3), Sch. (with arts. 3, 4) (as amended (4.11.2012) by S.I. 2012/2761, art. 2) (with S.I. 2013/1103, art. 4); S.I. 2013/1103, art. 2(1)(c)(2)(3) (with arts. 3, 4)

F50In Sch. 1 definition of "Supreme Court" substituted (1.10.2009) by Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (c. 4), ss. 59(5), 148(1), Sch. 11 para. 24(a); S.I. 2009/1604, art. 2

F52In Sch. 1 definitions of "trust of land" and "trustees of land" inserted (E.W.) (1.1.1997) by 1996 c. 47, s. 25(1), Sch. 3 para. 16 (with ss. 24(2), 25(4)(5)); S.I. 1996/2974, art. 2

F53Definition of "Wales" in Sch. 1 substituted (3.4.1995) by 1994 c. 19, s. 1(3), Sch. 2 para. 9 (with ss. 54(5)(7), 55(5), Sch. 17 para. 22(1), 23(2)); S.I. 1995/852, art. 3, Sch. 1

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M21947 C.A.M. No. 2.

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F55Entry repealed (E.W.) (14.10.1991) by Children Act 1989 (c. 41, SIF 20), s. 108(6)(7), Sch.15 (Sch. 14 paras. 1(1), 27(4)); S.I. 1991/828, art. 3(2)

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F56Entry repealed (E.W) (14.10.1991) by Children Act 1989 (c. 41, SIF 20), s. 108 (6)(7) (Sch. 14 paras. 1(1), 27(4)) Sch.15; S.I. 1991/828, art. 3(2).

Construction of certain expressions relating to offencesE+W+S+N.I.

In relation to England and Wales—

(a)indictable offence” means an offence which, if committed by an adult, is triable on indictment, whether it is exclusively so triable or triable either way;

(b)summary offence” means an offence which, if committed by an adult, is triable only summarily;

(c)offence triable either way” means an offence [F57, other than an offence triable on indictment only by virtue of Part V of the Criminal Justice Act 1988] which, if committed by an adult, is triable either on indictment or summarily;

and the terms “indictable”, “summary” and “triable either way”, in their application to offences, are to be construed accordingly.

In the above definitions references to the way or ways in which an offence is triable are to be construed without regard to the effect, if any, of [F58section 22 of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980] on the mode of trial in a particular case.

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In relation to England and Wales—

(a)references (however expressed) to any relationship between two persons;

(b)references to a person whose father and mother were or were not married to each other at the time of his birth; and

(c)references cognate with references falling within paragraph (b) above,

shall be construed in accordance with section 1 of the Family Law Reform Act 1987. [The date of the coming into force of that section]]

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[F60Construction of certain expressions relating to the police: ScotlandE+W+S+N.I.

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In relation to Scotland—

(a)references to a police force include references to the Police Service of Scotland;

(b)references to a chief officer of police include references to the chief constable of the Police Service of Scotland;

(c)police authority” means the Scottish Police Authority;

(d)the “police area” of the Police Service of Scotland is Scotland and references to a police force or police authority for any area include references to the Police Service of Scotland or, as the case may be, the Scottish Police Authority;

(e)references to a constable or chief constable of, or appointed for, any area are to be construed as references to a constable or, as the case may be, the chief constable of, or appointed for, the Police Service of Scotland.]

[F61Definitions relating to the EU and the United Kingdom's withdrawalE+W+S+N.I.

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  • The Communities” means Euratom, the Economic Community and the Coal and Steel Community, but a reference to any or all of those Communities is to be treated as being or including (as the context requires) a reference to the EU.

  • E.C.S.C. Treaty” means the Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community, signed at Paris on 18 April 1951.

  • EEA agreement” means the agreement on the European Economic Area signed at Oporto on 2 May 1992, together with the Protocol adjusting that Agreement signed at Brussels on 17 March 1993, as modified or supplemented from time to time, but does not include any retained direct EU legislation. [8 January 2007]

  • EEA state”, in relation to a time, means—

    (a)

    a state which at that time is a member State, or

    (b)

    any other state which at that time is a party to the EEA agreement. [8 January 2007]

  • E.E.C. Treaty” means the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community, signed at Rome on 25 March 1957.

  • Entry date” means the date on which the United Kingdom became a member of the Communities (which neither includes nor is a reference to the EU).

  • “The EU” or “the European Union” means the European Union, being the Union established by the Treaty on European Union signed at Maastricht on 7 February 1992 (as amended by any later Treaty); and includes, so far as the context permits or requires, Euratom.

  • EU institution” means any institution of the EU.

  • EU instrument” means any instrument issued by an EU institution other than any retained direct EU legislation.

  • “Euratom”, “Economic Community” and “Coal and Steel Community” mean respectively the European Atomic Energy Community, the European Economic Community and the European Coal and Steel Community (but see the definition of “the Communities” for provision as to the construction of references to those Communities).

  • Euratom Treaty” means the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community, signed at Rome on 25 March 1957.

  • European Court” means the Court of Justice of the European Union.

  • “Exit day” (and related expressions) have the same meaning as in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (see section 20(1) to (5) of that Act).

  • “Member”, in the expression “member State”, refers to membership of the EU.

  • Retained EU law”, “retained direct minor EU legislation”, “retained direct principal EU legislation” and “retained direct EU legislation” have the same meaning as in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (see sections 6(7), 7(6) and 20(1) of that Act).

  • Retained EU obligation” means an obligation that—

    (a)

    was created or arose by or under the EU Treaties before exit day, and

    (b)

    forms part of retained EU law,

    as modified from time to time.

  • “The Treaties” or “the EU Treaties” means the Treaties or EU Treaties, within the meaning given by section 1(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 as that Act had effect immediately before its repeal by section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as at immediately before exit day.]

Sections 22, 23.

SCHEDULE 2E+W+S+N.I. Application of Act to Existing Enactments

Part IE+W+S+N.I. Acts

1The following provisions of this Act apply to Acts whenever passed:—

  • Section 6(a) and (c) so far as applicable to enactments relating to offences punishable on indictment or on summary conviction

  • Section 9

  • Section 10

  • Section 11 so far as it relates to subordinate legislation made after the year 1889

  • [F62Section 14A]

  • Section 18

  • Section 19(2).

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2The following apply to Acts passed after the year 1850:—

  • Section 1

  • Section 2

  • Section 3

  • Section 6(a) and (c) so far as not applicable to such Acts by virtue of paragraph 1

  • Section 15

  • Section 17(1).

3The following apply to Acts passed after the year 1889:—

  • Section 4

  • Section 7

  • Section 8

  • Section 12

  • Section 13

  • Section 14 so far as it relates to rules, regulations or byelaws

  • Section 16(1)

  • Section 17(2)(a)

  • Section 19(1)

  • Section 20(1).

4(1)Subject to the following provisions of this paragraph—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)paragraphs of Schedule 1 at the end of which a year or date F63. . . is specified [F64or described] apply, so far as applicable, to Acts passed on or after the date, or after the year, so specified [F64or described]: and

(b)paragraphs of that Schedule at the end of which no year or date is specified [F64or described] apply, so far as applicable, to Acts passed at any time.

(2)The definition of “British Islands”, in its application to Acts passed after the establishment of the Irish Free State but before the commencement of this Act, includes the Republic of Ireland.

(3)The definition of “colony”, in its application to an Act passed at any time before the commencement of this Act, includes—

(a)any colony within the meaning of section 18(3) of the M24Interpretation Act 1889 which was excluded, but in relation only to Acts passed at a later time, by any enactment repealed by this Act;

(b)any country or territory which ceased after that time to be part of Her Majesty’s dominions but subject to a provision for the continuation of existing law as if it had not so ceased;

and paragraph (b) of the definition does not apply.

(4)The definition of “Lord Chancellor” does not apply to Acts passed before 1st October 1921 in which that expression was used in relation to Ireland only.

(5)The definition of “person”, so far as it includes bodies corporate, applies to any provision of an Act whenever passed relating to an offence punishable on indictment or on summary conviction.

(6)This paragraph applies to F65. . . the M25Water Act 1973 as if they were passed after 1st April 1974.

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Amendments (Textual)

F65Words in Sch. 2 Pt. I para. 4(6) repealed (1.4.1996) by 1995 c. 17, s. 5, Sch. 3 (with Sch. 2 paras. 6, 16)

Marginal Citations

5The following definitions shall be treated as included in Schedule 1 for the purposes specified in this paragraph—

(a)in any Act passed before 1st April 1974, a reference to England includes Berwick upon Tweed and Monmouthshire and, in the case of an Act passed before the M26Welsh Language Act 1967, Wales;

(b)in any Act passed before the commencement of this Act and after the year 1850, “land” includes messuages, tenements and hereditaments, houses and buildings of any tenure;

(c)in any Act passed before the commencement of the M27Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1975, “the Summary Jurisdiction (Scotland) Acts” means Part II of that Act.

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Part IIE+W+S+N.I. Subordinate Legislation

6Sections 4(a), 9 and 19(1), and so much of Schedule 1 as defines the following expressions, namely—

  • F66. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • England;

  • Local land charges register and appropriate local land charges register;

  • [F67in relation to Scotland, expressions relating to the police;]

  • United Kingdom;

  • Wales,

apply to subordinate legislation made at any time before the commencement of this Act as they apply to Acts passed at that time.

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Amendments (Textual)

7The definition in Schedule 1 of “county court”, in relation to England and Wales, applies to Orders in Council made after the year 1846.

Section 25.

X1SCHEDULE 3E+W+S+N.I. ENACTMENTS REPEALED

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X1The text of s. 25(1), Sch. 3 is in the form in which it was originally enacted: it was not reproduced in Statutes in Force and does not reflect any repeals or amendments which may have been made prior to 1.2.1991

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