Reading a statute part 1 of 3

An Act consists of various elements; it is useful to have some understanding of where to look for specific pieces of information.

Activity : Describe 4 parts at the start of a statute

Click on the plus icon next to the name of the part of the statute which will then reveal a highlighted version of the relevant part of the statute.

Legislation has a Long Title. The long title is a broad and general statement of what the Act is about.

The statute will also show the date upon which the statute received Royal Assent.

A statute will also contain what is known as a Short Title. This is a useful label by which the Statute can be known.

Every statute will contain the Standard Enacting Formula that reads:


“Be it enacted by the Queen’s [King’s] most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-“