The Health Act 2009
The Act is best known for having introduced provisions for the creation of a ban on smoking in enclosed public places. This ban focuses on smoking:
The sections of the Act allowing a ban extend to England and Wales although the provisions implementing the ban came into effect separately in England and Wales. In England the ban took effect on 1 July 2007. The ban in Wales came into effect on 2 April 2007.
Smoking was banned separately in Northern Ireland and Scotland — in Northern Ireland by the Smoking (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 which took effect on 30 April 2007, and in Scotland (taking effect 26 March 2006) by the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005.
All local institutes are required to conform to provisions of the Health Act, in particular those relating to the prohibition of smoking in certain premises, places and vehicles.
Copyright Act 1988
The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, is the current UK copyright law. It gives the creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works the right to control the ways in which their material may be used.
Local institutes will need to obtain permission from copyright holders before using copyright materials.
More information can be obtained from the www.gov.uk website.
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (c.53) of the UK Parliament enables some criminal convictions to be ignored after a rehabilitation period. Its purpose is that people do not have a lifelong blot on their records because of a relatively minor offence in their past.
Local institute officers are sometimes faced with queries from students, members and / or prospective members relating to various convictions.
Any such queries should be discussed with the CII Secretariat Department.
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