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What is the rule in Pepper v Hart?

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The rule in Pepper v Hart allows judges to refer to Hansard, the official report of parliamentary debates, when interpreting ambiguous statutes. This decision by the House of Lords in 1992 marked a significant shift, permitting the use of legislative history as an external aid to understand the intent behind the law.

Key Point: The case of Pepper v Hart is pivotal in statutory interpretation, illustrating the balance between the literal approach and understanding legislative intent.

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