Archive for December, 2014

Mines Regulations SI 2014/3248

These Regulations come into force on 6 April 2015 and apply to England, Scotland and Wales.
Their primary purpose of the Regulations is to replace the existing law with a single set of modern regulations that retain necessary protection for mineworkers and others and clearly place the duties to ensure health…

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Mines Regulations SI 2014/3248

These Regulations come into force on 6 April 2015 and apply to England, Scotland and Wales.
Their primary purpose of the Regulations is to replace the existing law with a single set of modern regulations that retain necessary protection for mineworkers and others and clearly place the duties to ensure health…

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Statute Law Repeals: Consultation Paper General Repeals

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Statute Law Repeals: Consultation Paper General Repeals

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Out with the old (legislation)

Several pieces of Britain's oldest legislation is to be revoked after 747 years.

In 1267, the Statute of Marlborough was passed under Henry III, containing 29 sections. To give a sense of just how antiquated these laws are, the Statute predates the incorporation of the Magna Carta into English law.

Today, four of those sections remain in force. Two of these four, regarding debt collection, have been deemed unnecessary to keep after the passing of new laws on the matter earlier this year.

The Law Commission has put forward dozens of laws they believe to be “obsolete” to be revoked. 56 Acts of Parliament and sections of 49 others, relating to topics from merchant shipping to guard dogs, are under consideration to be removed from the statute books.

Chapters 4 and 15 of the Statute of Marlborough will remain in force and apply to England and Wales. The two surviving chapters regard the forbidding of an individual for seeking revenge on a debt non-payment without the permission of the court, and the second chapter stops tenants from “ruining or selling off” their land.

A public consultation is in progress to check that the laws put forward for revocation are no longer being used. Following that consultation, a relevant bill will be drawn up to be put to Parliament in 2015.

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Regulation (EU) 1297/2014 (OJ:L350/1/2014) amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures

This Regulation amends Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.
Amendments are made to apply more stringent provisions, as the current provisions for liquid consumer laundry detergents do not provide sufficient protection.
Legislative background
Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 harmonises the criteria for the classification and the rules on labelling…

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Regulation (EU) 1303/2014 (OJ:L356/394) on the technical specification for interoperability relating to “safety in railway tunnels” of the rail system of the European Union

This Regulation adopts the technical specification for interoperability (TSI) relating to the “safety in railway tunnels” of the rail system of the entire European Union.
Legislative background
Regulation (EC) 881/2004 establishing a European railway agency requires the European Railway Agency to ensure that the TSI are adapted to technical progress, market trends…

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Regulation (EU) 1297/2014 (OJ:L350/1/2014) amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures

This Regulation amends Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.
Amendments are made to apply more stringent provisions, as the current provisions for liquid consumer laundry detergents do not provide sufficient protection.
Legislative background
Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 harmonises the criteria for the classification and the rules on labelling…

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Regulation (EU) 1303/2014 (OJ:L356/394) on the technical specification for interoperability relating to “safety in railway tunnels” of the rail system of the European Union

This Regulation adopts the technical specification for interoperability (TSI) relating to the “safety in railway tunnels” of the rail system of the entire European Union.
Legislative background
Regulation (EC) 881/2004 establishing a European railway agency requires the European Railway Agency to ensure that the TSI are adapted to technical progress, market trends…

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Brighton and Ho, Ho, Hove bans festive dip

Christmas time is full of tradition, and the Christmas Day Dip in the sea at Brighton is one that can be traced back 154 years. The event, organised by Brighton Swimming Club since 1860, is simple: brave swimmers from the club would take a dip in the sea on 25 December – a tradition that now attracts up to 4,000 people in addition to club members.

Brighton Swimming Club currently has approximately 30 experienced swimmers in it. However, the issue is they are now being joined by thousands of inexperienced swimmers who can often turn out in fancy dress, some of which turn up after some heavy drinking.

Sadly, the tradition will not be seen this year, as Brighton and Hove City Council will be closing parts of the beach on Christmas day on the grounds of safety, in the hope that the closures will discourage inexperienced swimmers from swimming in cold waters, especially if they have consumed alcohol.

Brighton and Hove City Council's safety fears are not, however, unfounded. In October, an experienced swimmer had to be rescued after getting into difficulty near Brighton's famous pier. In addition, a woman died in 2012 in a similar swim in Hastings.

As a result, Council officials met with Brighton Swimming Club, which then agreed to cancel the event. Margaret Tuppen, the president of the swimming club, said, “I do moan about health and safety sometimes, but the conclusion of the meeting was that it can be quite dangerous — especially when drink is involved.” She added, “If it means a tragedy is prevented, then we support the decision.”

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