New Zealand Constitution Amendment Act 1947

FOI request reference: F0042105
Publication date: May 2015

Request:

It seems that the text of the New Zealand Constitution Amendment Act 1947 (10 & 11 Geo. VI c.46) was not in the legislation.gov.uk website. In line with this;

1) May I request for the text of the act and;

2) If this act was amended or repealed, what was the act giving effect to such and may I request for the text of that act.

Outcome:

Unsuccessful/No information held

Response:

Dear [name retracted],

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 30 April, in which you asked for information about the text of the New Zealand Constitution Amendment Act 1947.

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

Section 21 of the FOIA exempts us from providing you with information if it is available elsewhere. Please see the explanatory Annex at the end of this email for further information about the section 21 exemption.

However, please be assured that the guidance below will assist you in finding the information you require.

How to access the information you have requested

The New Zealand Constitution Amendment Act 1947 is not currently available on the legislation.gov.uk website as it is not available to us in a web-publishable format. Legislation.gov.uk carries all legislation published from 1988 onwards. Prior to that the site contains (with a few exceptions) all primary legislation that was at least partially in force at our base date 1st February 1991. Acts that were wholly repealed before 1st February 1991 are not necessarily carried on the website.

The New Zealand Constitution Amendment Act 1947 (11 & 12 Geo 6) (C.4) was repealed by the Statute Law Repeals Act 1989 (C.43) Schedule 1 Part VI as referenced in the Chronological Table of the Statutes.  This repealing act can be found on the legislation.gov.uk website at

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1989/43/contents/enacted

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The legislation.gov.uk website also contains a list of major collections of local legislation in the United Kingdom. Please use the following link and scroll down to about the middle of the page (Section 6): http://www.legislation.gov.uk/changes/chron-tables/local/intro.

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We are currently considering a project to start scanning older Acts going backwards year by year to fill in the gaps in primary legislation which we hope to start during the coming months but at this time we cannot guarantee whether or not this will go ahead. We are therefore monitoring demand for legislation we don’t hold on the site with a view of including the most requested pieces at a later date. To this end we have included the New Zealand Constitution Amendment Act 1947 on this list. Unfortunately we do not have the resources (especially the appropriate equipment) to fulfill requests for Acts on an ad-hoc basis.

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