Royal Assent

46.42Proceedings on Royal Assent1 to private Acts are identical with those for public and general Acts, described at paras 30.3630.40, save that personal bills receive the Royal Assent in the form ‘Soit fait comme il est désiré’.2


  1. 1. In this and the following section the words ‘private Act’ are used in their ordinary colloquial sense to mean ‘a private (or personal) bill which has received the Royal Assent’.
  2. 2. Under the Interpretation Act 1978 (c 30), private Acts are deemed to be public Acts unless the contrary is expressly stated. See Erskine May (21st edn, 1989), pp 946–47.