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How is the work different to Halsbury's Statutes and Halsbury's Statutory Instruments?
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Halsbury's Statutes of England and Wales comprises alphabetised primary legislation of England and Wales (i.e. the Acts of Parliament, Welsh Assembly Measures and Measures of the Church of England). Helpfully, each Act is cross-referenced with relevant cases and subordinate legislation.
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