HC Deb 11 March 1889 vol 333 cc1391-2
MR. OSBORNE MORGAN (Denbighshire, E.)

I beg to ask the Attorney General whether, having regard to the saving provisoes in the first section of the Statute Law Revision Act, 1,887, the repeal by that Act of the 20th section off 21 Henry VIII., imposing certain disabilities on persons who use the Welsh language extends to disabilities incurred before the Act was passed; and, if not, whether he will take steps to extend that repeal to such last-mentioned disabilities?


I gather from the Question of the right hon. Gentleman that he is under a misapprehension. The section to which he refers is, in fact, section 17 of the Act 27 Henry VIII., cap. 26. It is not repealed, and if he will refer to the Statute Law Revision Act, 1887, and the revised edition of the Statutes there referred to, he will find this section printed at length. The mistake arises from the section being numbered 20 in some editions of the Statutes. I understand, with reference to questions which have been put to me upon this matter, that the formal proceedings of coroners' courts, municipal corporations, and other public bodies in Wales have been and are recorded in English; and, as I have already said, no difficulty has arisen from the necessity of occasional interpretation.