WHAT IS statue law & legislation?

Here is a very brief arborists overview of statue law and legislation in the UK. Hopefully this will help out a few Level 2, 3 or 4 Arboriculture students.

In the United Kingdom legislation can be divided into two groups; primary legislation and secondary legislation.

An Act of Parliament (also called a statute) is first introduced as a bill in the House of Commons or the House of Lords. The bill is then agreed upon by both Houses of Parliament (the government and the opposition) and given Royal Assent by the Monarch, becoming law – statue law. Acts are ‘primary legislation’.

Secondary legislation (also called statutory instruments) usually has either rule, order, or regulation in its title. This is the law created by ministers (or other bodies) under powers given to them by an Act of Parliament; an enabling Act. Secondary legislation fills in the details of the Acts, providing practical measures that enable the law to be enforced and operate in every day life.

Here’s a few examples relating to arboriculture;

  • The Hedgerows Regulations 1997 sit under the Environment Act 1995.
  • The Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation) (England) Regulations 2012 sit under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990