Parent act

Parent acts are enabling acts which set out the framework of legislation.

Enabling Acts are parent Acts which set out the framework of  legislation and provides for what is to happen and how the law is to operate.  There may be details and provisions which are to be added later or dates to be stipulated e.g. it is quite common for some parts of enabling Acts to only come into force on the authority of the appropriate minister through a statutory instrument.   Some of the provisions may be lengthy and complex or require detailed rules and regulations to make them work, the legal principles having been established by the enabling Act.