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2015 – The Annual Census Act

The Annual Census Act 2015 was repealed in its entirety by the Annual Census (Repeal) Act 2017 [21 April 2015] An Act to establish the Census as an annual event. BE IT ENACTED by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords and Burgesses in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows: SHORT TITLE: This Act may be cited for all purposes as “The Annual Census Act 2015.” I. ADMINISTRATION OF THE CENSUS Circumstances and human resources permitting, a Census shall be administered annually by His Majesty’s Secretary of State in an effort to maintain the accuracy of the citizenship Roll. The method for the administration of the Census shall be annually determined by the Home Secretary, who shall also have the responsibility for administering the Census. II. RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PRIME MINISTER The Prime Minister shall bear the ultimate responsibility for the administration of the annual Census and, in the event of the vacancy or incapacity of the Home Secretary, shall personally attend to the administration of the Census or deputize some other competent member of His Majesty’s Government to attend to the administration of the Census on his behalf. The Census shall be conducted no earlier than July of the census year, and completed no later than October of the census year. The Secretary of State shall, in years where a census is conducted, shall make the report available to the entire nation by publication per formal report to the Parliament. III. EXEMPTIONS In the event of the vacancy of the Secretary of State in any given year or of the failure of the same to attend to the administration of the Census, the responsibility for the same shall not fall upon the person of His Majesty or any other person, and the Census for that year will be dispensed with, entirely. It shall not be the responsibility of His Majesty or of any other person outside of His Majesty’s Secretary of State to ensure that the provisions of this Bill are executed. IV. COMMENCEMENT: This Bill and all the provisions therein shall come into force upon receiving the Royal Assent.

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