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Consultation on the Statutes Repeal Bill

Page updated 22 Sep 2016

The Treasury and Parliamentary Counsel Office recently sought submissions on an exposure draft of the Statutes Repeal Bill.  The Bill was introduced into Parliament on 6 September. The submissions received and the Government's responses to those submissions have been released here.

The Statutes Repeal Bill repeals 124 spent Acts, and partially repeals a further 8 Acts. All of the Acts and sections identified have been identified as spent, meaning they have no or very minor effects, or they exist to achieve a regulatory purpose that is no longer relevant. By repealing unnecessary and spent regulation the Statutes Repeal Bill makes the statute book easier to navigate for users and easier to administer for departments. 

The Statutes Repeal Bill is part of an ongoing programme by the Government to identify and repeal spent legislation in order to keep the statute books up to date and fit for purpose. Over time more pieces of legislation will become redundant which may create a need for further Statutes Repeals Bills in future.

Read the media statement by Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Regulatory Reform on the Beehive website: Statutes Repeal Bill introduced to Parliament (6 September 2016)

Read the Statutes Repeal Bill on the Legislation website.

If you have any further suggestions of redundant statutes that could be suitable for repeal, contact the Treasury at


The release documents listed here are available in Adobe PDF format only. HTML versions can be supplied on request by Information Services at the Treasury.  Using PDF Files
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