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The Great Repeal Bill is intended to abolish many restrictive laws and regulations believed to hamper individual freedoms, society, and businesses in the United Kingdom [1]. Members of the public are able to add to the list of laws and rules to be repealed in the draft of the Bill below. You are also highly encouraged to join the debate about why certain legislation should be included (or excluded) from the Great Repeal Bill.

This experiment in direct democracy allows ordinary citizens to have a direct say in drafting of legislation, which is believed to be the first of its kind [2].


About the Bill

First proposed by Douglas Carswell and Daniel Hannan in their book, The Plan: 12 months to renew Britain, The Great Repeal Bill is as much an effort in deregulation as it is an initiative in open politics and a move towards direct democracy. There is currently no right of popular initiative in Britain to ensure that popular legislative measures are debated and voted on in the British Parliament[3]. Nor is there at this time a right of referendum. However, working with the political system as it is today, we hope to presented to Parliament the draft Bill as a Private Members Bill, or ultimately as a government Bill.

The Bill is to be drafted in collaboration with ordinary citizens drawing upon the collaborative approach a wiki editing model provides. This experimental approach hopes to provide insight into public opinion, examine if a case for popular legislative initiative using the wiki approach can be made, and provide a resource for public policy research. The initiative originally began on the Blog site ConservativeHome in June 2008[4].

A parallel effort is being made on a private, "guarded" wiki at Part of the outcome that may be sought is to see the difference between the results of an open vs. closed environment. Both wikis are licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0, so content may be ported in either direction where appropriate.


Please be specific when adding suggestions for laws to scrap (not new laws, the clue lies in the title - Great Repeal Bill). The table headings for each sections is indicative of what suggestions should include:

  • Clause - A numbering which should be incremented if adding a new proposal.
  • Legislation - Ideally the short form title and year for specific Primary legislation (typically the Act of Parliament), or title, year and sequence number for secondary legislation(typically Statutory instruments or Regulations) which contains the laws, regulations or provisions to be repealed. If you are able to assist by clarifying the title in existing proposals, please do so.
  • Extent of repeal - The specific section or provisions of the law that should be repealed. If you are able to assist other contributors by making explicit the specific section a proposal refers to, please do so.
  • Reasoning - A brief explanation or justification as to why the bill should be concerned with repealing the law.
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Text of the Bill

A Bill to repeal the following Acts of Parliament and secondary legislation that are detrimental to the quality of life and freedom to choose how British citizens wish to live their lives.

Parliamentary Acts

Re-affirm the right of the people to partake in the totally unrestricted dissemination of political views across the entire spectrum of same by scrapping all laws purporting to limit this ancient right in any way.

Reverse all procedural changes to the process of trial on Indictment and all other limitations to the ancient right to trial by jury. These measures have increased the chances of wrongful convictions of the innocent and wrongful acquittal of the guilty. Proposals to hold special trials for so-called 'complex cases' heard by a judge and two 'lay experts' are highly likely to result in wrongful acquittals of well-connected, corrupt individuals and if the truth be known, is the driving force behind the political will to introduce them.

Short form & Title

"The Freedom Act, or Great Act of Repeal, Deregulation, Abolition and Reform"

Applicability to devolved assemblies

TimC 04:23, 11 October 2009 (UTC)TimC== Business Deregulation ==

Clause Legislation Extent of repeal Reasoning
i Employment Act 2002 Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 2
Paragraphs 6 and 9 of Schedule 2[5]
Dispute Resolution Regulations 2004 SI 2004/752 [6]
These sections contain laws which burden employees and entrepreneurs.
ii Weights and Measures Act 1985[7]
Weights and Measures (Packaged Goods) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/659)
relevant sections, including various secondary legislation This act requires retailers to use certain weights and measurements

I disagree about revokation. There has been regulation since the Magna Carta to ensure buyers and sellers are trading on equal terms. [8].

Having an internationally traceable system of weighing and measuring for trade use is a requirement of WTO membership, it needs simplification and more deregulation, not outright repeal. Imperial Measurements can be made traceable to international metric standards and used quite legally in the UK subject to appropraite legislation. In fact 'imperial' does not exist, it is all defined by metric standards. Just because something says it weighs a 'kilogram' doesn't mean that it does. The only thing in the world that actually weighs a kilogram is the primary standard kilogram in Paris, all mass measurements need to be traceable back to it to have any intergrity.
iii 2004 Housing Act [9] Part 5 This act requires Home Information Packs to be used. The effect is to impose an additional cost on house purchasers and a VAT revenue for the state. The EU requirement for an energy survey could be met without the overhead of a full HIP.
iv European Works Council Directive (SI 94/45/EC)
European Social Chapter
These burden businesses[10][11].
v Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 (SI 2000/1551) and 2002 (SI 2002/2035)[12][13] These contain laws which make it less likely that businesses are able to hire part-time workers.In the statutory instrument of 2002 Alan Johnson extends the categories of people to whom these regulations apply by removing an exemption. (this is presumably a sop to union dislike of contract labour). It is possible that simply reinstating the missing paragraphs by statutory instrument would meet the objective .
vi Companies Act 1985 (SI 2005 No. 1011) [14] Specify what aspect of the Companies Act you find objectionable. Is it the environmental audit or the facrt that companies have to mke an annual report? Just naming the companies act will not do.
vii Money Laundering Regulations SI 2001 No. 1819
SI 2001 No. 3641.
SI 2003 No. 171
SI 2003 No. 3075
SI 2006 No. 308
SI 2006 No. 1070
SI 2007 No 2157
SI 2007 No. 3299
viii Health and Safety at Work Act 1974[15] Sections of the secondary legislations enacted over the past decade. Costs people 20 times more money to enforce than people get paid for enforcing it . citing "a 75-country study found that regulations usually cost a country twenty times more than they cost the government (see publications by Djankov, Laporta, Silanes and Shleifer)." page 59 of
ix Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (SI 1514) [16]
x Finance Act 2000 (IR35)[17]
Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003
Social Security Contributions (Intermediaries) Regulations 2000, SI 2000/727
Costs small businesses time and money, adds extra charges for contractors, and also pushed many offshore. It has raised a mere £9.2m over 6 years [18] and at most raised 35 million. [19]
xii Financial Services and Markets Act 2000[20] We all know that it has failed. It was only brought in because the predecessor legislation, the Financial Services Act 1986 [21], although working well, had been introduced by the previous Conservative government. Bring it back!
xiii Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 Prevents personal injury liability disclaimers from being legally binding.
xv Town & Country Planning Act 1947 all of it and its subsequent amendments Increases housing costs which have gone up 4 times faster than the RPI over the last century (see #90) because planning drove up costs and prevents innovation. People are entitled to housing that is as good, modern, and inexpensive as the market can produce. National park rules should allow land there to stay undeveloped.Planning laws distort the market for land and lead to over investment by UK citizens in property at the expense of commerce.
xvi Income Tax Act 2007 [22] Repeal all income tax laws Replace with a National Sales Tax on all non-essential items. Implemented on a local basis as well to encourage competition between different areas. People who spend more on non-essential items would pay more which is a fairer tax. This could vastly reduce national and local government revenue from a decrease in the tax rate. This may also attract foreigners to move to the UK which could increase tax collected. See the Fair Tax currently being debated in the U.S. for further insights. [23] [24]
xvii Climate Change Act 2008 Entire Act Costs individual households and businesses billions of pounds when the UK is estimated to be responsible for only 2% of worldwide carbon emissions and man made climate change is only a hypothesis and not an established fact.
xviii The Leasehold Reform Acts, 1967 (-) Entire Act Prevents people and businesses from having the right to recover possession of properties after expiration of a lease.

Local government deregulation

Clause Legislation Extent of repeal Reasoning
i Local Government Act 2000 [25] Part III This act established a Standards Boards to oversee the conduct of locally elected councillors
ii Local Government Act 1999 [26] This act imposed on local authorities rules which subject locally elected decision makers to official scrutiny by officials rather than voters.
iii Regional Development Agencies Act 1998 [27] This act created the apparatus of regional government in England and Wales.
iv Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 [28] Section 39 This act requires planning decisions to be taken with the objective of contributing to the achievement of sustainable development.
v Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 [29] entire act It is under this legislation that the Vetting and Barring Scheme operates which will require 11 million adults[30] to submit themselves to vetting at great expense and creating another barrier[30] to people volunteering to help out in their communities.
vi Police Act 1997 [31] Part V This legislation created the Criminal Records Bureau. It cannot and does not provide any guarantees about whether people will actually be safe around children, but it has helped to create an atmosphere of suspicion.[32] Over 2000 people[33] have found themselves wrongly labeled as criminals by and and the result of this legislation has been to create a shortage of adult volunteers[30]. In addition to this the requirement for CRB checks which have effectively become a tax on volunteering.

Civic deregulation

Clause Legislation Extent of repeal Reasoning Debate
i. Identity Cards Act 2006[34] A hugely expensive and unwanted identity scheme that is a threat to the liberty and privacy of British Citizens, this legislation is being pushed through to further engorge the governments desire for continuing its aspiration for rapid growth of the database state and intrusion into peoples lives. Debate
ii. Hunting Act 2004[35]. The Act has been declared unenforceable in court [36] - and it was introduced not for policy reasons but to placate government backbenchers.[37]
iii. Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 [38]. Section 4 Consequential to xliii
iv. Gambling Act 2005[39].
v. Dangerous Dogs Act 1989[40]
vi. Football Spectators Act 1989[41]
vii. Police Act 1997[42]. Part 5 (and subsequent requirements) Relates to the establishment of the Criminal Records Bureau, and the requirements for voluntary groups and organisations to use it.
viii. Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 which established the Independent Safeguarding Authority[43].
ix. Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, Sections 60 to 62 [44]. This act imposed obligations on local highway authorities to involve themselves in long established rights of way
x. Part I of the Charities Act 2006[45] This act redefined the definition of charity that had existed satisfactorily since 1661. It was mainly introduced to attack 'public schools' which claim tax\benefit for the chaitable purpose of providing education .
xi. Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 - This Act of the Parliament created an offence in England and Wales of inciting hatred against a person on the grounds of their religion.[46]
xviii Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005. Section 3[47] The ability of the Home Secretary to place 'Control Orders' upon people.This ineffective measure would not be required if the adherance to the 'Human rights act' was repealed.[48]
xix Police Reform Act 2002.[49] Relevant sections This law among other things has given the ability for 'respected' community figures such as Nightclub Bouncers, Parking Attendants et al. to issue on-the-spot fines for anti-social behaviour. They also have access to the PNC (Police National Computer). It also allows for seizure of vehicles (S.59) despite the 1689 Bill of Rights specifically outlawing forfeiture before conviction[50][51]
xx Civil Contingencies Act 2004.[52] Entire act. This enables ministers to sign into law extraordinarily draconian edicts without due debate and consultation.
xxi The Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons)(Amendment) Order 2008[53] Entire Order Inhibits people from pursuing their peaceful hobbies in order to combat a non-existant threat. The Home Office claimed in enacting the order that a consultation had demonstrated strong support for their actions, despite the fact that 85% of those consulted had opposed a ban on replica swords and 56% had opposed a ban on any other weapons.[54]
xxii Health Act 2006 Chapter 1 This is the legislation that prevents you smoking in a public place, such as a company car. It has had a huge negative impact on many pubs across the country[55], particularly since the recession began. An alternative approach would be to allow individual pubs to regulate smoking perhaps by setting aside designated smoking and non-smoking areas.
xxiii The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations a violation of the principle of free association, and led to the closure of those adoption agencies (e.g. Catholic) unwilling to place children with same-sex couples
xxiv The Arbitration Act 2006 Gives the judgements of Sharia courts recognition in law
xxv Terrorism Act 2006[56] Sections 23 to 25; 28 days detention without charge is too long
xxvii Criminal Justice Act 2003[57] Section 7 and 306 14 days detention without charge is too long
xxviii Terrorism Act 2000[58] Section 13, Sections 44 to 47 improve freedom for peaceful protest, remove power to stop and search without probable cause
xxix Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 [59] Sections 34 to 39; re-introduce the right to silence
xxx Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 [60] Entire act It is owners who are best placed to look after their property. This act enables councils to prosecute people for 'crimes' committed by previous owners and to be jailed for that.
xxxi Criminal Justice Act 2003[61] Part 10 and Schedule 5 This section of the act removes the ancient right of (freedom from) double jeopardy and so should itself be removed.
xxxii The Licensing Act 2003 Entire Act [62]. This act permits extended opening hours of licensed premises in a misguided scheme to introduce perceived European drinking habits to the UK. Instead incidents of violence and public disorder have extended into the early morning and has dramatically declined the standard of life of those in around licensed locations. The law also imposes restrictions on live music and entertainment which have inadvertently increased costs and legal limitations on voluntary and small social organisations. It also contains the absurd requirement that businesses that sell alcoholic drinks by mail order should have a premises licence for premises that customers never visit.
xxxiii Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994[63] Section 63 to 65 Prohibiting what people can do with their own land (as the Act states) is an infringement of their liberty to make use of their property. By giving the police the power to disperse any group (even if they have the land owners permission) this is an infringement of the right to free association.
xxxiv Reserve Forces Act 1996[64] Sections 54 to 57 This act has allowed the use of Territorial Army soldiers as cut-price replacements for regular troops in peacekeeping operations overseas. [65][66]
xxxv Extradition Act 2003[67] Farewell, Gary McKinnon. An unpleasantly one-sided deal that discriminates against British subjects. The Americans have consistently declined to uphold their side of the bargain; the arrangement enjoys no reciprocity nor prospect of same[68]The Act should therefore be abolished.
xxxvii Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and all amendments thereto, also withdrawal from all treaties relating to the control of drugs. For interfering with peoples right to find happiness in their own way, for promulgating the myth that your body and person belong to the state, for weakening the public mind by nannying people instead of allowing them to shoulder their own responsibilities and make their own choices.
xxxviii Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 Section 63 and related clauses Creates an offence for possessing so called 'extreme pornography' that can be created using entirely legal means and with fully consenting adult participants[69], making possession essentially a 'thought crime' rather than a crime involving a real act of violence or abuse. The section should either be abolished or carefully amended so that the definition of illegal pornography satisfies the liberal tests of consent and direct harm. Legal opinion from Andrew Murray
xxxix The Childrens Act 1989. [70] Entire Act This Act of Parliament introduced "rights" for children, without also conferring any responsibilties. It is probably the single biggest cause of social breakdown in Britain, since it has made it almost impossible for any adult to discipline or even criticise a child without fear of legal redress. It also created the Child Support Agency (CSA), since dissolved. Repeal the entire act and then start over again, using our brains and experience of what happens when you give power to children and take it away from adults. (Lord of the Flies, anyone?)
xl The Childrens Act 2004. [71] Entire Act This Act of Parliament amended the 1989 Childrens Act, making matters worse. Repeal and start again.
xli Coroners and Justice Bill [72] Section 52 paragraphs 2, 5, 7 and 8 These paragraphs of this bill redefines an adult over the age of consent as a child, and includes all images even if they were not of any real people (e.g. cartoons and CGI) and are purely imaginary.
xlii Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 [73] Section 36 to 41 Inhibits people from pursuing their peaceful hobbies.
xliii Telecommunications (Lawful Business Practice) (Interception of Communications) Regulations SI 2000 NO 2699 [74] The whole regulations Allows businesses and government departments to intercept personal communications on their networks without consent. This is now the practice of schools as well.

Constitutional deregulation

Clause Legislation Extent of repeal Reasoning Debate
i. Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006, [75]. This Act allows changes in legislation and regulation without reference to Parliament Debate
ii. Prevention of Crime Act 1988[76] Section 139[77], change 'good reason', to 'reasonable excuse', or explicitly allow lock knives[78][79] "The lock knife is bought by decorators, electricians, campers and a multitude of other members of the public who do not know that possession in a public place is illegal." [80] Lock knives are tools, safer to use than pen knives, and there is no reason for adults to be criminalised for possessing them. According to the reporting in The Independent[81], MPs intended the allowed 'folding knives' to include lock knives, it was judicial activism that made them illegal.

Corporate and Charitable Reform

Explanatory Note: There are whole swathes of government matters, relating to corporations and charities, that are bill related. Abolish the bill, or reform the system, and corporations (including government "corporations" intended to produce reports without parliamentary approval) must change or face being made illegal.

i. Charities Act 2006- Provision for "public benefit" of private schools

A politically motivated clause that forces an unnecessary and deliberate burden on private schools that provide excellent education. To be replaced with a provision banning the use of Taxpayers money, in the form of tax-refunds, to politically motivated "charities" such as the tax-payers alliance.

Authorities and bodies to be abolished

Clause Authority or body Enabling Legislation Reasoning Debate
i. British Broadcasting Corporation Irretrievably-ingrained bias; stale and unimaginitive output to say the least; funding model now an absurdly unfair anachronism where the chief beneficiaries are but BBC management and BBC executives themselves, who if they were to find themselves in a commercial environment would be considered totally unemployable in any media capacity.
ii. England Marketing Advisory Board Obsolete and no longer necessary
iii. Gambling Commission Obsolete and no longer necessary
iv. Horserace Betting Levy Board Obsolete and no longer necessary
v. British Wool Marketing Board No reason why farmers cannot have a marketing organisation. No reason why they HAVE to register with this board
vi. Regional Assemblies Just another layer of crippling bureaucracy - and can anyone identify where the various South East etc regional bodies are defined?

Consequential Amendments

Clause Legislation Extent of repeal Reasoning
i Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 [82] Various changes in legislation and regulation without reference to Parliament. If the Act itself is to be repealed, all such changes will require to be reviewed individually.


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  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Christopher Hope: A quarter of adults to face 'anti-paedophile' tests. The Daily Telegraph, 26/06/2008
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  37.|The Daily Telegraph, September 19, 2004: Hunt ban is revenge for Thatcher's defeat of the miners, says Labour MP. Retrieved: July 30h., 2009
  64. Reserve Forces Act 1996
  67. Extradition Act 2003

89 p58 - a 75-country study found that regulations usually cost a country twenty times more than they cost the government (see publications by Djankov, Laporta, Silanes and Shleifer).

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