Skip to Main Content

Legislation: Statutory interpretation

Subjects: Law, Law - Foreign Law

Statutory interpretation in England & Wales

Current practice

Intent & policy background

Explanatory Notes are documents that explain the purpose of a Bill. All Government Bills and some Private Members' Bills have an accompanying Explanatory Note. They can be found among the 'Bill documents' on the relevant Bill page. [Glossary on]

For help with finding & using Hansard (online or in print on the Ground Floor) and other government official papers, please start with the special guide below, created by a  Bodleian Official Papers colleague 

Texts on topic

Chapters in introductory works on learning English law will naturally include a chapter or more on this. They can be useful first steps. One example is

But naturally there are books looking at this issue in detail - from academic to practitioners to philosophical analysis. Some examples are below