The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK v The Humber Bridge Board and the Secretary of State for Transport Local Government and the Regions: CA 25 Jun 2003

Regulations specifying the tolls for the Humber Bridge did not mention a charge for large buses.
Held: The same rules had to be applied in construing statutory instruments as applied in construing statutes. The explanatory note issued with the Regulation made it clear beyond peradventure that the ommission was a clerical error, and the Regulation should be read accordingly. The court allowed reference to an Explanatory Note appended to a statute as in appropriate cases. Reference was made to earlier authorities in which, in relation to primary legislation, resort to such Explanatory Notes was permissible, at least where there was said to be ambiguity or obscurity or a construction which would otherwise lead to absurdity. ‘the same or very similar principles must apply to statutory instruments’. The purpose would be to identify the mischief which the statute or regulation was intended to prevent.
Lord Justice Auld, Lord Justice Clarke, Lord Justice Jonathon Parker
[2003] EWCA Civ 1842, [2004] QB 310, Times 16-Jul-2003
Bailii, Bailii
Humber Bridge (Revision of Tolls and Vehicle Classification) Order 1997 (1997 No 1950), Humber Bridge (Revision of Tolls and Vehicle Classification) Order 2000 (2000 No 264), Humber Bridge (Revision of Tolls and Vehicle Classification) Order 2002 (2002 No 786)
England and Wales
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