This is the second annual report to Parliament on the extent to which Law Commission proposals have been implemented by the Government.
The Government’s focus on dealing with the economic situation has meant that proposals not seen as requiring immediate action have been delayed. Two uncontroversial changes have proceeded under the new House of Lords procedure introduced by the Law Commission Act 2009, resulting in the Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Act 2012 and the Trusts (Capital and Income) Bill.
And the Commission’s proposals regarding the forfeiture rule and the law of succession have also been implemented through the Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Act 2011 which came into force on 1 February 2012.
A total of 18 other proposals have not yet been implemented and the report details the situation of each, including plans for implementation. The Government has decided not to implement two proposals - intoxication and criminal liability, and the illegality defence - and explains its reasoning for those decisions.
This paper was laid before Parliament in response to a legislative requirement or as a Return to an Address and was ordered to be printed by the House of Commons.