Act 7 (Emergency Services)

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Act 7 (Emergency Services)
Proposed 20 September 2008
Imperial Consent given on 20 September 2008
Imperial Consent given at Parliament Hall, Wrythe
Imperial Consent given by HRH Emperor Terry I
Amended by Act 29 (Crime and Punishment)

Act 7 (Emergency Services) of the Parliament of Austenasia was an Act of Parliament passed on 20 September 2008 and repealed on 13 December 2008. The Act dealt with the emergency services for the new Empire.

Act 7 was passed within several hours of Austenasia declaring independence alongside five other Acts - Act 2 (Food and Trade), Act 3 (Subjects), Act 4 (Taxes), Act 5 (Utilities) and Act 6 (Honours). These were all given Imperial Consent by Emperor Terry I at the same time, but became law over the period of a few hours due to the then requirement of the Emperor reading out new laws to the assembled population of Wrythe; to prevent the Imperial Family from getting bored, the Acts were not read out uninterruptedly but with breaks between each, and so took several hours for all of them to become law.

Law 1 of Act 7 established that Austenasia would continue to use the emergency services of the United Kingdom. Laws 2 and 3 gave the Monarch the power to decide what was and what wasn't a crime, with British police only authorised to prosecute those individuals whom they were given permission to do so by the Monarch - in cases of disputes, the International Court of Justice would be asked to settle the matter.

Act 7 was repealed by Act 29 (Crime and Punishment), passed on 13 December later that year. Act 29 retained Austenasian usage of the British ambulance and fire services, but stated that from then on the Empire would use the Austenasian Police for law enforcement, with Law 2 of Act 29 denying British police jurisdiction in Austenasia.