Public Stores Act 1875

The Public Stores Act 1875 (38 & 39 Vict c 25) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which applied to all stores under the care of the Secretary of State, including "any public department or office, or of any person in the service of Her Majesty."[2] Although in parts now superseded by subsequent legislation, or otherwise defunct, some sections are still in force. This includes a power of stop and search that is still available to police constables today.

Public Stores Act 1875[1]
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act to consolidate, with amendments, the Acts relating to the Protection of Public Stores.
Citation38 & 39 Vict c 25
Territorial extent United Kingdom
Royal assent29 June 1875
Commencement29 June 1875 (1875-06-29)
Other legislation
Repeals/revokesWar Department Stores Act 1867
Naval Stores Act 1869
Status: Amended
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended
Text of the Public Stores Act 1875 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from

The ActEdit

The Act created various offences relating to the destruction or concealment of such stores,[3] unlawfully possess or steal such stores,[4] and also empowered police constables to stop and search any vehicles or vessels in which he has reasonable grounds to suspect is carrying any aforementioned stores which had been obtained illegally.[5] This power of stop and search is still exercisable by constables today. Other than the Poaching Prevention Act 1862, it is the oldest search power in UK legislation.[6]

The Act also prohibited searching for stores, or sweeping or dredging within 100 yards of any naval base, wharf or warehouse, or moored vessel of the Royal Naval or any such properties belonging to the Royal Artillery.[7]

See alsoEdit


  • "Public Stores Act 1875". Halsbury's Statutes of England and Wales. Fourth Edition. Volume 12(1). 2008 Reissue. Page 181 to 186.
  • "The Public Stores Act 1875". Halsbury's Statutes of England. Third Edition. Butterworths. London. 1969. Volume 8. Pages 200 to 205.
  • "The Public Stores Act, 1875". Halsbury's Statutes of England. (The Complete Statutes of England). First Edition. Butterworth & Co (Publishers) Limited. Bell Yard, Temple Bar, London. 1929. Volume 4: [1] [2]. Page 683 to 687.
  • Lely, J M. "Public Stores". The Statutes of Practical Utility. (Chitty's Statutes). Fifth Edition. Sweet and Maxwell. Stevens and Sons. London. 1895. Volume 10. Title "Public Improvements". Pages 80 to 84.
  • The Statutes: Third Revised Edition. HMSO. 1950. Volume 9. Page 395 et seq.
  • The Statutes Revised: Northern Ireland. Second Edition. HMSO. Volume 2. Page 1033 et seq.
  • "Public Stores Act, 1875" (1875) 39 The Justice of the Peace 755 (27 November)
  • Jervis, John. "Offences relating to Public Stores". Archbold's Pleading and Evidence in Criminal Cases. Nineteenth Edition, by William Bruce. Henry Sweet. Stevens and Sons. London. 1878. Book II. Part II. Chapter I. Section 10. Pages 849 to 851.
  1. ^ This short title is conferred on this Act by section 1 of this Act.
  2. ^ "Section 3". The Public Stores Act 1875. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Section 5". The Public Stores Act 1875. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Section 7". The Public Stores Act 1875. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Section 6". The Public Stores Act 1875. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  6. ^ "PACE Codes of Practice - Code A" (PDF). Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Section 8". The Public Stores Act 1875. Retrieved 23 October 2014.

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