HC Deb 04 December 1995 vol 268 cc65-7W
Mr. Charles Kennedy

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list those Acts of the Scottish Parliament before 1707 which are still in force. [3209]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

A list of the Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland before 1707 which have not been statutorily repealed follows. While there is a presumption that any Scots Act which has not been so repealed remains in force, that presumption can be rebutted through application of the doctrine of desuetude. That doctrine requires proof to the satisfaction of the Scottish courts that an enactment has not been repealed and that there has been contrary practice.

Index of short titles of the current Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland 1424–1707: