Some Studies of Statutory Drafting and Interpretation
Having considered the processes of statutory drafting and interpretation, it may be useful at this stage to look at certain specific criticisms and proposals which have emerged from a number of studies in relatively recent times. The Law Commissions’ report, published in 1969, on The Interpretation of Statutes (Law Com No 21), was followed in 1975 by the report of a committee appointed by the Lord President of the Council, under the chairmanship of Sir David Renton, on The Preparation of Legislation. In 1977, Sir William Dale published a comparative study, Legislative Drafting: A New Approach. In 1993, the Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government published a substantial report under the title Making the Law.
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