HL Deb 17 April 1975 vol 359 cc558-9

1.—(1) This Part applies for the construction of this Schedule, except where the context otherwise requires.

(2) "Adoption" means adoption—

  1. (a) by an adoption order as defined in section 76 of this Act,
  2. (b) by an order made under the 1958 Act or the Adoption Act 1950 or any enactment repealed by the Adoption Act 1950,
  3. (c) by an order made in Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or in any of the Channel Islands, or
  4. (d) which is an overseas adoption as defined by section 4(3) of the Adoption Act 1968,

(3) "Legitimation" means—

  1. (a) legitimation under section 1 of the Legitimacy Act 1926,
  2. (b) legitimation within section 8 of that Act (legitimation by extraneous law), or
  3. (c) legitimation (whether or not by virtue of subsequent marriage of the parents) recognised by the law of England and Wales, 559 and effected under the law of any other country,

(4) These definitions of adoptions and legitimation include, where the context admits, those effected before the passing of this Act, and —

  1. (a) the date of an adoption effected by an order is the date of the making of the order,
  2. (b) the date of legitimation, in the case of legitimation by marriage, is the date of marriage.

(5) "Existing enactment or instrument" means any enactment or other instrument passed or executed before 1st January 1976 (and whether or not before the passing of this Act).

(6) The death of the testator is the date at which a will or codicil is to be regarded as executed.

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