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Deregulation Act 2015

Part 7: Education

982.The Royal Hospital School, an independent school located in Ipswich, is owned and operated by Greenwich Hospital to meet one of its charitable objectives. Greenwich Hospital is an ancient Crown charity providing charitable support including annuities, sheltered housing and education, to serving and retired personnel of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and their dependents. Under the Greenwich Hospital Acts of 1865 to 1990, and through other legislation, the Secretary of State for Defence holds the charitable organisation’s assets in trust for the Crown.

983.Paragraph 43 revokes the Greenwich Hospital School (Regulations) (Amendment) Order 1948, which Order restricted admission to the Greenwich Hospital School (now the Royal Hospital School) to the sons of officers and men of the Royal Navy and of other seafarers. It is thought that an oversight led to a failure to revoke the Order when the Greenwich Hospital Act 1990, which made it lawful to admit pupils to the Royal Hospital School regardless of any seafaring connection or of gender, came into force. The enabling power under which the 1948 Order was made (section 20 of the Greenwich Hospital Act 1865) has been expressly retained by section 1 of the Greenwich Hospital Act 1990.

984.The 1948 Order forms part of the law of England and Wales but applies only to England. The revocation 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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