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Friday, 30th July 2010

UK: New Online Database: Legislation.gov.uk (1267-Present)

743 years of legislation (with a few exceptions) in one database.

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From the FAQ:

Legislation.gov.uk carries most (but not all) types of legislation and their accompanying explanatory documents.

All legislation from 1988 – present day is available on this site.

There are no secondary legislation items (e.g Statutory Instruments) available before 1988 as they are not available in a web-publishable format.

Most pre-1988 primary legislation is available on this site. In some cases we only have the original published (as enacted) version and no revised version. This occurs if the legislation was wholly repealed before 1991 and therefore was not included in the revised data set when it was extracted from Statutes in Force. In other cases we may only have a revised version if the original (as enacted) version is not available in a web-publishable format.

At this time, we have not yet been able to migrate all the associated documents that accompany legislation such as Correction Slips; Tables of Origins and Destinations; Codes of Practice and the PDFs used to print the official paper copies of enacted legislation, or draft legislation. These items remain on the OPSI website for the short term, but will be accessible on this website in a future release.

Legislation.gov.uk is the official place of publication for newly enacted legislation. The aim is to publish legislation on legislation.gov.uk simultaneously or at least within 24 hours, of its publication in printed form. Any document which is especially complex in terms of its size or its typography may take longer to prepare and so a PDF version will be published first. Legislation detailed on the New Legislation page is listed by date published to this website.

Much More Info in Several Additional FAQ's

Sources: National Archives (UK) on Behalf of HM Government. Publishing all UK legislation is a core part of the remit of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO), part of The National Archives, and the Office of the Queen's Printer for Scotland (via Twitter)

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