Responsibility for the UK Statute Law Database transfers today from the Ministry of Justice to The National Archives where it will be brought together with the existing official legislation publishing responsibilities of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO). The merger brings together within one organisation all the responsibilities for publication of UK legislation. It will integrate official legislation services from across the UK providing a single point of entry for the user, including access to primary legislation both in the form it was enacted and increasingly as it is revised; secondary legislation; Church Measures; and supporting documents. The service is designed for a wide range of audiences – members of the public, lawyers, professional users, law students, academics and officials.

The UK Statute Law Database is currently available at www.statutelaw.gov.uk and the HMSO legislation service at www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/about_legislation – the National Archives is at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk