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Disclaimer of PeerageU.K.

1 Disclaimer of certain hereditary peerages.U.K.

(1)Subject to the provisions of this section, any person who, after the commencement of this Act, succeeds to a peerage in the peerage of England, Scotland, Great Britain or the United Kingdom may, by an instrument of disclaimer delivered to the Lord Chancellor within the period prescribed by this Act, disclaim that peerage for his life.

(2)Any instrument of disclaimer to be delivered under this section in respect of a peerage shall be delivered within the period of twelve months beginning with the day on which the person disclaiming succeeds to that peerage or, if he is under the age of twenty-one when he so succeeds, the period of twelve months beginning with the day on which he attains that age; and no such instrument shall be delivered in respect of a peerage by a person who [F1is excepted from section 1 of the House of Lords Act 1999 by virtue of section 2 of that Act].

(3)The foregoing provisions of this section shall apply to a person who has succeeded to a peerage before the commencement of this Act as they apply to a person who succeeds to a peerage after the commencement of this Act, but subject to the following modifications:—

(a)the period within which an instrument of disclaimer may be delivered by such a person shall be twelve months beginning with the commencement of this Act or, if he is then under twenty-one years of age, twelve months beginning with the day on which he attains that age; F2. . .

F2(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(4)In reckoning any period prescribed by this section for the delivery of an instrument of disclaimer by any person no account shall be taken of any time during which that person is shown to the satisfaction of the Lord Chancellor to have been subject to any infirmity of body or mind rendering him incapable of exercising or determining whether to exercise his rights under this section.

(5)The provisions of Schedule 1 to this Act shall have effect with respect to the form of instruments of disclaimer under this section, and the delivery, certification and registration of such instruments.

Textual Amendments

F1Words in s. 1(2) substituted (11.11.1999) by 1999 c. 34, ss. 4(1), 5(1), Sch. 1 para. 1

F2S. 1(3)(b) and the word “and” immediately preceding repealed (11.11.1999) by 1999 c. 34, ss. 4(2), 5(1), Sch. 2

F32. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.K.

Textual Amendments

F3S. 2 repealed (11.11.1999) by 1999 c. 34, ss. 4(2), 5(1), Sch. 2

3 Effects of disclaimer.U.K.

(1)The disclaimer of a peerage by any person under this Act shall be irrevocable and shall operate, from the date on which the instrument of disclaimer is delivered,—

(a)to divest that person (and, if he is married, his wife) of all right or interest to or in the peerage, and all titles, rights, offices, privileges and precedence attaching thereto; and

(b)to relieve him of all obligations and disabilities F4. . . arising therefrom,

but shall not accelerate the succession to that peerage nor affect its devolution on his death.

(2)Where a peerage is disclaimed under this Act, no other hereditary peerage shall be conferred upon the person by whom it is disclaimed F5. . .

(3)The disclaimer of a peerage under this Act shall not affect any right, interest or power (whether arising before or after the disclaimer) of the person by whom the peerage is disclaimed, or of any other person, to, in or over any estates or other property limited or settled to devolve with that peerage.

(4)The reference in the foregoing subsection to estates or other property limited or settled to devolve with a peerage shall, for the purposes of the application of this Act to Scotland, be construed as including a reference to estates or other land devolving as aforesaid under an entail or special destination, or the beneficial interest in which so devolves under a trust.

Textual Amendments

F4Words in s. 3(1)(b) repealed (11.11.1999) by 1999 c. 34, ss. 4(2), 5(1), Sch. 2

F5Words in s. 3(2) repealed (11.11.1999) by 1999 c. 34, ss. 4(2), 5(1), Sch. 2

Parliamentary qualifications of Scottish Peers, Irish Peers and Peeresses in own rightU.K.

4 Scottish peerages.U.K.

The holder of a peerage in the peerage of Scotland shall have the same right to receive writs of summons to attend the House of Lords, and to sit and vote in that House, as the holder of a peerage in the peerage of the United Kingdom; and the enactments relating to the election of Scottish representative peers shall cease to have effect.

F65. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.K.

Textual Amendments

F6S. 5 repealed (11.11.1999) by 1999 c. 34, ss. 4(2), 5(1), Sch. 2

6 Peeresses in own right.U.K.

A woman who is the holder of a hereditary peerage in the peerage of England, Scotland, Great Britain or the United Kingdom shall (whatever the terms of the letters patent or other instrument, if any, creating that peerage) have the same right to receive writs of summons to attend the House of Lords, and to sit and vote in that House, and shall be subject to the same disqualifications in respect of membership of the House of Commons and elections to that House, as a man holding that peerage.

SupplementalU.K.

7 Short title, and repeals.U.K.

(1)This Act may be cited as the Peerage Act 1963.

(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F7

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