During the passage of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill I called attention to the fact that it was essentially three Bills in one – the short title was something of a giveaway. However, I also noted that it was mistitled. It was not about the transparency of lobbying. The prescribed register was less transparent than under self-regulation and it was about status (lobbyists) and not activity (lobbying). However, it is not the only piece of legislation that is misleading in title. The Fixed-term Parliaments Act does not, strictly speaking, provide for fixed-term Parliaments, but rather semi-fixed Parliaments. The Recall of MPs Bill, presently in the Lords, does not provide for recall as it tends to be understood where it already exists. It does not so much recall an MP as provide that, in the light of a decision by the House of Commons or a court, a petition may trigger a by-election in which the incumbent can seek re-election. There are just recent examples. A great many Bills could come under the generic title of ‘The Something Must Be Done Bill’.
I suspect readers may be able to suggest other Acts that are misleadingly or inappropriately titled.