48. Scope of the interpretative obligation.

In reading legislation1 in a way which is compatible with the Convention rights2 the courts have not always taken the same approach3. The House of Lords has held that judges cannot overrule decisions which the language of the statute shows have been taken on the very point at issue by the legislator4, but have also held that the mere fact that the language under consideration is inconsistent with a Convention-compliant meaning does not of itself make a Convention-compliant interpretation impossible5 and have gone beyond using interpretative techniques and, in effect, rewritten the provision in question6. The court is not