Act

This is one of the sources of law under the english legal system.

Law comes about as the result of an Act of Parliament.  The making of laws is one of the key functions of Parliament. This is distinct from common law or law which emanates from the European Union. An Act is a statute and is considered primary legislation.  Parliament does delegate the power of law making to other approved bodies and laws made by such bodies is known as secondary legislation e.g. statutory instruments, bylaws.

A bill which has been passed by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords and received the Royal Assent becomes an Act of Parliament. Unless a provision of the Act specifies otherwise, the Act comes into force on the date of Royal Assent.

The primary laws passed by Parliament are called Acts of Parliament. Usually the House of Commons and the House of Lords both debate proposals for new laws called Bills. If both Houses vote for the proposals then the Bill is ready to become an Act. It can only be described as an Act when it has received Royal Assent from the monarch.

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