The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1995Prime Minister (1990-1997)

PMQT Written Answers – 3 May 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 3rd May 1995.


Acts of Union

Rev. Ian Paisley: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list all the amendments which have been made to the Acts of Union between England and Scotland; and how many of these have affected Scottish law and how many English law; and in what way.

The Prime Minister: The information requested can be obtained by an examination of the official revised edition of the “Statutes in Force” published by HMSO. This shows the Union with Scotland Act 1706, which was passed by the English Parliament, and the Union with England Act 1707, which was passed by the Scottish Parliament, revised to 1 February 1978, together with a note of all the repeals and amendments which have been made to those Acts until then. Cumulative supplements to the “Statutes in Force” were published until February 1991 but no amendments are shown to have been made to those Acts. Since then, information as to any further repeals or amendments to those Acts can be obtained by looking at the “Table on the Effect of Legislation” in part IV of each annual volume of the “Public General Acts”, published by HMSO. This has recently been published for 1993 and shows a repeal of article XXII of the Union with Scotland Act 1706.