BENNION ON STATUTORY INTERPRETATION
FB on the Fifth Edition and beyond
Introductory Note by FB
I thought it might be helpful and
interesting to provide this ongoing commentary relating to the
Fifth Edition for users of the book and
others. It is a less formal addition
to the details given elsewhere on this Website and is
updated from time to time as the need arises.
Publication of Fifth Edition
The Fifth Edition was published
by LexisNexis on 25 March 2008. The publication date was delayed by production difficulties
on the part of the publishers, and also by my
last-minute decision that it was high time the work was equipped with a bibliography
(which of course I had to prepare myself, with no extra remuneration).
In February this
year LexisNexis sent me a present of flowers and Champagne to mark the Diamond Jubilee
of my connection with the firm and its predecessors. This began in 1948
when, on graduating from Oxford, I took a job with Butterworths on Halsbury’s Statutes as a prelude to studying for the Bar examinations.
I found work on preparing the Fifth
Edition for over a year very onerous, even with the help of the two Assistant Editors.
This included creating the seventy-page index. I’m
not sure whether using a computer increased or lessened the pain of this. At least I
avoided the worse fate that befell me when completing the Fourth Edition of the work
in 2001, when my health broke down altogether and the index had to be prepared by someone
else. I much prefer to do the index myself, because it is a vital part of a work like