Regina v Greater Manchester Council ex parte Worch: 1988

The court considered to what extent it could look to the form of an Act before it was amended in order to assist it in construing the Act as amended: ‘The original section 21(a) of the [Coroners (Amendment) Act] 1926 is no longer law, since it has been replaced by Section 23(3) of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953. Nevertheless, the original subsection is admissible in construing the section as a whole and, in our judgment, throws light on its construction. It demonstrates that the section as a whole contemplates a two-stage process’.


Slade LJ


[1988] 1 QB 513


Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953


England and Wales

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CitedRegina v Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council, ex parte M; Regina v Similar Ex Parte P etc QBD 8-Oct-1996
Destitute asylum seekers who were not entitled to welfare benefits could be in need of care and attention within the meaning of section 21 of the 1948 Act although they were no longer entitled to housing assistance or other social security benefits . .
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Coroners, Litigation Practice

Updated: 07 May 2022; Ref: scu.238299