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Deregulation Act 2015

Coal and Other Mines (Horses) Order

979.Paragraph 42 revokes the Coal and Other Mines (Horses) Order 1956 which sets out health and welfare rules for horses employed in mines. The powers under which the Order was made (section 190 of the Mines and Quarries Act 1954) have been repealed and it now has effect by virtue of the Mines and Quarries Acts 1954 to 1971 (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 1974 (S.I. 1974/2013), which were made under section 15 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

980.The Order is considered no longer to be of practical use, since horses have not been used in mines in England and Wales for a considerable period of time. Any horses employed in mines would in any event be appropriately protected under modern animal welfare legislation of general application, namely the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

981.The 1956 Order forms part of the law of England and Wales and Scotland. However, the revocation forms part of the law of England and Wales only. It comes into force at the end of the period of 2 months beginning with the day on which the Act is passed.

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