The UK Statute Law Database
The UK Statute Law Database (SLD) is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online. For more information about SLD and what it contains see Help.
SLD made simple
view amended legislation as it has changed over time
the green "A" icon will reveal the "attributes" of the legislation (e.g. start date, extent) and let you move between versions
see how legislation will be affected by amendments not yet in force
see how legislation has been amended for different jurisdictions
the yellow "C" icon denotes provisions that have "concurrent versions" (e.g. one for England and Wales and another for Scotland)
navigate links between affecting and affected legislation
search the text of legislation for words and phrases
You can find out more about these and other features of SLD in Help.
Welcome to SLD
If you are new to SLD, you may find that the Help facility and the Frequently Asked Questions will help you to find your way around more quickly. We have now also added an Introduction to SLD for new users in PDF format and a Useful Links page. The content of SLD is available for viewing and private use free of charge, but please see the Crown Copyright notice for further information about re-use of the data.
Primary Legislation Latest
New 2010 primary legislation now available: UK Public General Acts Chapters 1 to 7, 9 to 12, 14, 18 to 20, 22 and 26; Acts of the Scottish Parliament asps 1 to 4 and 6; Measure of the National Assembly for Wales nawms 1 and 2; Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly Chapters 1 to 8. Enacted but not yet available: UK Chapters 8, 13, 15 to 17, 21, 23 to 25, 27 to 29; asps 5, 7 and 8; N.I. Chapter 9. These will follow as soon as possible. For further information about recent legislation on SLD see New Legislation [Message updated 1.5.2010]
Update Status of SLD
The House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 (c. 24) is now available on SLD updated with effects of all legislation made or enacted up to 15.4.2010. Users may have difficulty opening the whole Act or Sch. 1 Part 3. This issue is being investigated. In the meantime, the current version of the updated Act can be viewed on the OPSI website here. Work on updating the rest of the primary legislation on SLD is continually in progress. For information about how to find out the date to which any piece of legislation has been revised and how to obtain details of any effects that have not yet been applied to it, please see Update Status of Legislation.