House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975
|Long title||An Act to consolidate certain enactments relating to disqualification for membership of the House of Commons.|
|Citation||1975 c. 24|
|Territorial extent||United Kingdom|
|Royal assent||8 May 1975|
Status: Current legislation
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Revised text of statute as amended|
The House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that prohibits certain categories of people from becoming members of the House of Commons. It was an updated version of similar older acts, including the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1957.
Some of the prohibited groups at the time the Act first came into effect were:
- serving regular members of the armed forces
- civil servants
- ordained ministers of religion
- members of legislatures of non-Commonwealth countries (other than Ireland, pursuant to the Disqualifications Act 2000)
This Act was updated by subsequent legislation. Since the House of Commons (Removal of Clergy Disqualification) Act 2001, no clergy except for Church of England bishops (see Lords Spiritual) are disqualified from serving. Section 10 of this Act was repealed by section 1 of, and Schedule 2 to, that Act.