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Census (Amendment) Bill

This is the text of the Census (Amendment) Bill, as presented to the House of Commons on 28th March 2000.


Explanatory Notes to the Bill, are published separately as Bill 100- EN.
Census (Amendment) Bill
1.Particulars in respect of religion may be required.
2.Short title and extent.


[NOTE: The words marked in bold type were inserted by the Lords to avoid questions of privilege.]




Amend the Census Act 1920 to enable particulars to be required in respect of religion.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

Particulars in respect of religion may be required.     1. - (1) In the Schedule to the Census Act 1920 (matters in respect of which particulars may be required), after paragraph 5 there shall be inserted-
"5A. Religion."
      (2) In section 8 of that Act (penalties), after subsection (1) there shall be inserted-
    "(1A) But no person shall be liable to a penalty under subsection (1) for refusing or neglecting to state any particulars in respect of religion."
Short title and extent.     2. - (1) This Act may be cited as the Census (Amendment) Act 2000.
      (2) This Act extends to England and Wales only.
      (3) Nothing in this Act shall impose any charge on the people or on public funds, or vary the amount or incidence of or otherwise alter any such charge in any manner, or affect the assessment, levying, administration or application of any money raised by any such charge.

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