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Acts of Parliament (Commencement) Act 1793

The Acts of Parliament (Commencement) Act 1793[1]
Long title An Act to prevent Acts of Parliament from taking effect from a Time prior to the passing thereof.
Chapter 33 Geo. 3 c. 13
Territorial extent England and Wales, Scotland
Status: Amended
Revised text of statute as amended

The Acts of Parliament (Commencement) Act 1793 (33 Geo. 3 c. 13) was an Act of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Great Britain which provided that Acts of Parliament would come into force on the date on which they received royal assent, unless they specified some other date, instead of the first day of the session in which they were passed.

Commencement of Acts of Parliament prior to this Act

Previously, Acts of Parliament came into force on the first day of the session in which they were passed, because of the legal fiction that a session lasted one day.[2] This meant that all Acts came into force retroactively, and that an Act could come into force on a date a year before it was actually passed. The preamble to this Act said that this was liable to produce "great and manifest injustice".

Provisions of this Act

This Act provides that it applies to Acts of Parliament passed after 8 April 1793.

Endorsement of Acts with the date of royal assent

This Act imposes a duty on the Clerk of the Parliaments to endorse any Act which passes with the date ("the day, month and year") on which that Act passed and received royal assent. It provides that the date must be written, in English, immediately after the title of that Act, and that that endorsement is part of the endorsed Act.

Commencement of Acts

This Act originally provided that the endorsed Act was to come into force on the date specified by the endorsement, where no other commencement was specified by the endorsed Act. The relevant words were repealed,[3] on 1 January 1979[4] and have been replaced by section 4 of the Interpretation Act 1978.

See also


  1. ^ This short title was conferred by section 1 of, and the first schedule to, the Short Titles Act 1896 (see e.g. The Public General Acts 1896, HMSO, 1896)
  2. ^ Partridge v. Strange and Croker (1553) 1 Plowd. 77
  3. ^ The Interpretation Act 1978, section 25(1) and Schedule 3
  4. ^ The Interpretation Act 1978, section 26

External links

  • The Acts of Parliament (Commencement) Act 1793, as amended, from the National Archives.
  • Royal Assent Procedure

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