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Hansard

Pepper (Inspector of Taxes) v Hart [1993] 1 All ER 40.

The normal rule remains that Hansard should not be used in the interpretation of statutes. But this exclusionary rule is relaxed so as to permit reference to parliamentary materials where, in the words of Lord Browne-Wilkinson:

"a. Legislation is ambiguous or obscure or leads to an absurdity;

b. The material relied upon consists of one or more statements by a Minister or other promoter of the Bill together with such other Parliamentary material as is necessary to understand such statements and their effect;

c. The statements relied upon are clear."
2) Treaties

3) Law Commission Reports





1 Associated Dairies Ltd v Baines [1997] AC 524 at 532.

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