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Finding and Obtaining Official Publications

The United Kingdom Official Publications Database (UKOP) catalogues all parliamentary and statutory publications (including Acts and Statutory Instruments), and the publications of over 2500 official bodies including central government departments, the devolved administrations, agencies, quangos and other bodies. Selected output of international bodies such as the United Nations and the World Health Organisation is also included.

UKOP is the official authoritative catalogue of official government publications in the United Kingdom, and is now published by The Stationery Office Ltd (TSO).

Although many government departments and agencies produce their own bibliographic databases UKOP enables users to trace government publications without having any knowledge of the departments that might have been involved in their production.

To find out more about the UKOP service and the opportunity to request a free trial go to the UKOP website.

HMSO has also produced a detailed guidance note (Maintaining the Bibliography of UK Official Publications)which sets out the responsibilities of government departments and agencies in maintaining the record and enabling the search and access of official publications.

Purchasing Official Publications

Individual government departments are responsible for putting in place their own arrangements for the publication and sale of the official publications that they produce. Departmental websites will also provide information as to where copies of individual publications may be obtained.

All HMSO publications have, since 1996, been available from The Stationery Office Ltd (TSO), the private sector company that acquired the former HMSO’s trading functions following privatisation. TSO continues to be the major publisher of official publications including all Parliamentary publications and Command Papers, legislation, the official Gazettes and other statutory publications. TSO publications can be ordered online via the TSO Online Bookshop, by e-mail to TSO customer services, by post to:

PO Box 29
Tel: 0870 600 5522
Fax: 0870 600 5533.

These government departments have established the following arrangements for distribution of their publications:

Communities and Local Government (CLG)

CLG Sale Publications can be ordered by post to:

Communities and Local Government Publications
P O Box 236
West Yorkshire LS23 7NB
Tel: 0870 122 6236
Fax: 0870 122 6237
Textphone: 0870 120 7405


Department for Transport (DfT)

DfT Sale Publications can be ordered by post to:

Department for Transport Publications
P O Box 236
West Yorkshire LS23 7NB
Tel: 0870 122 6236
Fax: 0870 122 6237
Textphone: 0870 120 7405


Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

HSE Books priced and non-priced products can be ordered online via the HSE Books website, or by contacting HSE Books at:

HSE Books
PO Box 1999
United Kingdom
CO10 2WA
Tel: 01787 881165
Fax: 01787 313995