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Statute law database online

An official, authoritative online database of revised UK primary legislation is available free of charge to the public. The statute law database (SLD) can be found at:

The database, launched on 20 December 2006 contributes to our aims for improving access to justice. It was developed by the Statutory Publications Office (SPO), which is part of the DCA.

What the database offers

The database offers users a range of advanced search and navigation functions across over 30,000 items of UK primary and secondary legislation. The database contains primary legislation that was in force at 1 February 1991 and primary and secondary legislation that has been produced since that date.

When the database is updated

New legislation is published on the website as soon as possible after it has been issued.

The SPO is responsible for maintaining the UK Statute Book by incorporating new legislation on to the database and keeping primary legislation up-to-date by applying the effects contained within subsequent legislation. The primary legislation has been revised to 2002 and is expected to be completely up to date with revisions by the end of 2008. The SLD also contains Tables of Effects for 2002 onwards that will help users to establish currency on any particular item of primary legislation that they select.

Statutory publications helpdesk

If you have any queries about the database, please email our statutory publications office helpdesk.

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