Date

European Union Act 2011

 

19th July 2011

This Act contains important provisions imposing restrictions on treaties and decisions relating to the European Union.  The most important of these is that any treaty which amends or replaces the Treaty on European union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union cannot be ratified except by Act of Parliament following a referendum.

This Act also provides that the status of European Union law exists purely on a statutory basis.

 

Date

Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011

 

15th September 2011

This Act contains provisions relating to the dissolution of Parliament and when a general election can be called.

 

Date

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011

 

15th September 2011

This Act abolishes the Metropolitan Police Authority and creates the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.  It reconstitutes the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis who is now accountable to the Mayor of London. 

Outside London the Act abolishes the Police Authorities created by the Police Act 1996 and makes provision for the election of Police and Crime Commissioners, supported by a panel, to which chief constables are accountable.

 

Date

The Localism Act 2011

 

15th November 2011

The Act devolves greater powers to councils and neighbourhoods and gives local communities more control over housing and planning decisions. 

 

Date

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act 2011

 

14th December 2011

The provisions in the Act follow on from the Coalition Government’s 'Review of Counter-Terrorism and Security Powers', published in January 2011.

The Act abolishes the system of control orders, established under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, and replaces it with a new regime designed to protect the public from terrorism, called Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures.

 

Date

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

 

 1st May 2012

 

 

 

 

 

The Act includes a wide range of measures which are relevant to police powers, public order, terrorism, freedom of information and the criminal justice system.  They relate to Chapters 13, 14 and 15.

The Act:

  • brings in a new framework for police retention of fingerprints and DNA data, and requires schools to get parents’ consent before processing children’s biometric information
  • introduces a code of practice for surveillance camera systems and provides for judicial approval of certain surveillance activities by local authorities
  • provides for a code of practice to cover officials’ powers of entry, with these powers being subject to review and repeal
  • outlaws wheel-clamping on private land
  • introduces a new regime for police stops and searches under the Terrorism Act 2000 and reduces the maximum pre-charge detention period under that Act from 28 to 14 days
  • restricts the scope of the 'vetting and barring' scheme for protecting vulnerable groups and makes changes to the system of criminal records checks
  • enables those with convictions for consensual sexual relations between men aged 16 or over (which have since been decriminalised) to apply to have them disregarded
  • extends Freedom of Information rights by requiring datasets to be available in a re-usable format
  • repeals provisions (never brought into force) which would have allowed trial without a jury in complex fraud cases
  • removes time restrictions on when marriage or civil partnership ceremonies may take place.

 

Date

The Scotland Act 2012

 

1st May 2012

The Act implements recommendations of the Final Report of the Commission on Scottish Devolution (the Calman Commission).
It would make changes to the finances of the Scottish Parliament, including a new Scottish rate of income tax, and make a number of adjustments to the boundary of devolved responsibilities.

 

 

Date

Succession to the Crown Act 2013

 

25th April 2013

This Act makes the succession to the Crown not dependent on gender.  It also enables a future monarch to marry a Roman Catholic.

 

 

 

 

Date

Justice and Security Act 2013

 

25th April 2013

This Act provides for oversight of the Security Service, the Secret Intelligence Service, the Government Communications Headquarters and other activities relating to intelligence or security matters.  It provides for closed material procedure in relation to certain civil proceedings and prevents the making of certain court orders for the disclosure of sensitive information.

 

Date

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

 

 

30th Jan 2014

This Act makes provision for, and in connection with, the abolition of the Audit Commission for local authorities and the National Health Service in England.  It makes provisions about the accounts of local and certain other public authorities and the auditing of those accounts.  It makes provisions about the appointment, functions and regulation of local auditors.  It makes provisions about data matching.  It makes provisions about examinations by the Comptroller and Auditor-General relating to English local and other public authorities and about the publication of information by smaller authorities; to make provision for directions to comply with codes of practice on local authority publicity.  It also makes provisions about council tax referendums.

 

Date

Wales Act 2014

 

17th Dec 2014

 

The Act makes changes to the electoral arrangements for the National Assembly for Wales (“the Assembly”), gives effect to many of the recommendations set out in the first report of the Commission on Devolution in Wales (“Silk Commission”) and makes a number of technical changes to the Government of Wales Act 2006 (“GOWA 2006”) and other legislation in order to update the operation of the devolution settlement in Wales.

 

 

Date

Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015

 

12th Feb 2015

The Act is in 5 Parts and contains 16 Schedules.  Part 1 and Schedules 1 to 8 make provision about criminal justice including provision about sentencing and the release and recall of offenders, the electronic monitoring of offenders released on licence, drug testing in prisons and about the giving of cautions. Part 1 also contains provision about certain offences and sentences.  .Part 2 and Schedules 9 and 10 make provision about the detention of young offenders, about giving cautions and conditional cautions to youths and about referral orders. .Part 3 and Schedules 11 to 15 make provision about courts and tribunals including provision creating a new procedure for use in criminal proceedings in the magistrates’ courts in certain circumstances, provision about the committal of young offenders to the Crown Court for sentence, provision about the recovery of the costs of the criminal courts from offenders, provision about fundamental dishonesty in personal injury claims and the offer of inducements to bring personal injury claims, provision about appeals and costs in civil proceedings, provision about juries and members of the Court Martial and provision about reporting restrictions applying to under-18s.  Part 4 and Schedule 16 make provision about the refusal by the High Court and the Upper Tribunal of relief in judicial review proceedings, about funding and costs in relation to such proceedings and about the procedure for certain planning proceedings.  .Part 5 contains a power to make provision consequential on or supplementary or incidental to the other provisions of the Act and general provisions including about the commencement of the Act and its extent.

 

 

 

 

Date

 The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015

 

 

12 Feb 2015

 

This Act strengthens the legal powers and capabilities of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to disrupt terrorism and prevent individuals from being radicalized; ensures that the law enforcement and intelligence agencies can disrupt the ability of people to travel abroad to fight, and control their return to the UK; enhances operational capabilities to monitor and control the actions of those in the UK who pose a threat, and help to combat the underlying ideology that supports terrorism

 

Date

European Union Referendum Act 2015

 

27th Dec 2015

 

This Act makes provision for the holding of a referendum in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union.

 

 

Date

 Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016

 

28th January 2016

 

 

The aim of this Act is to devolve powers and budgets to boost local growth in England, by devolving far-reaching powers over economic development, transport, and social care to large cities which choose to have elected mayors.

 

Date

Scotland Act 2016

23rd March 2016

 

This Act amends the Scotland Act 1998 and makes provision about the functions of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government.

 

Date

Wales Act 2017

 

3rd March 2017

 

 

The Wales Act 2017 recognizes the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government as permanent among UK’s constitutional arrangements, with a referendum required before either can be abolished. The Act also recognizes that there is a body of Welsh law made by the National Assembly for Wales. This does not change the single England and Wales jurisdiction.

 

Date

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017

 

16th March 2017

 

 

This Act confers power on the Prime Minister to notify, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the EU.

 

Date

 European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

 

29th June 2018

 

 

This Act repeals the European Communities Act 1972 and makes other provisions in connection with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU.

 

Date

 Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Act 2018

 

12th December 2018

 

 

This Act contains important provisions concerning the judiciary and the functions of the staff of courts and tribunals

 

Date

 Counter Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019

 

13th February 2019

 

 

This Act makes provision in relation to terrorism and terrorist offences.  It enables persons at ports and borders to be questioned for national security and deals with other related topics.

 

Date

 European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019

 

8th April 2019

 

 

This Act makes provisions in connection with the period for negotiations for withdrawing from the Europan Union.

 

Date

 European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019

 

8th April 2019

 

 

This Act makes provisions in connection with the period for negotiations for withdrawing from the European Union.

 

Date

 European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019

 

8th April 2019/

 

 

This Act makes provisions in connection with the period for negotiations for withdrawing from the European Union.

 

Date

 European Union (Withdrawal Agreement ) Act 2020

 

23rd January 2020

 

 

This Act implements the Withdrawal Agreement, as agreed between the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU). The Act is required to implement the Withdrawal Agreement for it to have domestic legal effect and to enable the UK Government to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement.  The Act provides for the direct application of the Withdrawal Agreement provisions in domestic law where relevant, whilst also recognising the sovereignty of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Act amends the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 to ensure it reflects the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. The Act also creates powers to make secondary legislation, where appropriate, to enable the Withdrawal Agreement to be implemented domestically. It includes amendments to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 in relation to rights, safeguards and equality of opportunity protections contained in the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement 1998. All these measures provide for the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement agreed between the UK and the EU pertaining to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.  This Act also includes provision relating to facilitating access for Northern Ireland goods to the market in Great Britain, as well as further provision to ensure no alteration to the arrangements for North-South co-operation can occur as a result of this Act.

 

Date

 Coronavirus Act 2020

 

25th March 2020

 

 

The purpose of the Coronavirus Act is to enable the Government to respond to an emergency situation and manage the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Date

 Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020

 

14th December 2020

 

 

The principal legislation governing parliamentary constituencies and boundary reviews is the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 ("the 1986 Act"). The Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020 amends the 1986 Act and makes provision in respect of:

1. the number of parliamentary constituencies;

2. the rules governing the setting of the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies;

3. the conduct of boundary reviews by the Boundary Commissions; and

4. the process for bringing the Boundary Commissions’ recommendations into effect.

 

 

Date

 European Union (Future Relationship) Act 2020

 

31st December 2020

 

 

 

This Act:

1. makes provision to implement, and make other provision in connection with, the Trade and Cooperation Agreement;

2. makes further provision in connection with the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the EU and its member States; and,

3. makes related provision about passenger name record data, customs and privileges and immunities.

 

Date

 Counter Terrorism And Sentencing Act 2021

 

29th April 2021

 

 

This Act:

·         provides a new ‘Serious Terrorism Sentence’ for dangerous offenders with a 14-year minimum jail term and up to 25 years spent on licence;

·         ends early release for the most serious offenders who receive Extended Determinate Sentences requiring the whole time will be served in custody;

·         increases the maximum penalty from 10 to 14 years for a number of terror offences, including membership of a proscribed organisation;

·         ensures a minimum period of 12 months on licence for all terror offenders as well as requiring adult offenders to take polygraph tests;

·         widens the offences that can be classed as terror-connected to ensure they carry tougher sentences and offenders are subject to the Registered Terrorist Offender notification requirements post-release; and

·         boosts the disruption and risk management tools available to Counter-Terrorism Policing and the Security Service, by strengthening Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures and supporting the use of Serious Crime Prevention Orders in terrorism cases.