The exercise of consolidating the accumulated body of Community legislation and releasing it on the EUR-Lex site began in 1996, under the responsibility of the Publications Office of the European Union.
It is now planned that new legislative instruments will be consolidated as soon as an amendment is published in the Official Journal.
Incorporating the amendments into the basic instrument does not entail adopting a new instrument. Consolidation serves the interests of citizens, administrative authorities and the business world by providing a more accessible and more transparent legislative framework and has the advantage of making the law more reader-friendly.
The main purpose of a consolidation project is to draw together different enactments on a topic into a single Act.
There is no amendment of the content or form of the existing material.
Consolidation corresponds to a purely declaratory, unofficial simplification of the legislation.
The Bill that is the subject of this Report consolidates certain enactments relating to the powers of courts in England and Wales to deal with offenders and defaulters and to the treatment of such persons. The Bill which is the subject of this report consolidates the legislation about the costs relating to Parliamentary proceedings on private Bills.
The Bill extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Act consolidates legislation from 1965 onwards on co-operative and community benefit societies (formerly known as industrial and provident societies).