'Police Bail' Bill and three private Members' Bills receive Royal Assent

13 July 2011

The Police (Detention and Bail) Bill was one of four Bills to receive Royal Assent in the House of Lords and become Acts of Parliament on Tuesday 12 July. Three Private Members’ Bills – Sports Ground Safety Bill, Estates of Deceased Persons Bill, Wreck Removal Bill – also became law

The Police (Detention and Bail) Act sets out the calculation of periods of time in relation to the detention of a suspect in police custody and release with or without bail for the purposes of Part 4 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. The Act reverses a recent High Court ruling.

Sports Ground Safety Authority Act changes the name of the Football Licensing Authority to the Sports Grounds Safety Authority and gives the re-named body powers to advise on safety at sports grounds generally.

Wreck Removal Convention Act enables the UK to ratify and implement the Nairobi International Convention for the Removal of Wrecks (ICRW) in UK domestic law through the insertion of a new section, Part 9A, into the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.

Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Act protects the inheritance rights of the descendants of people who have forfeited their inheritance by killing the deceased or decided not to accept their inheritance, in certain circumstances.

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