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UK Crown Bodies

This is a list of those public bodies which have Crown status, which means that material which they produce is subject to Crown copyright protection under Section 163 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.

The Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO), a part of The National Archives, manages all copyrights owned by the Crown on Her Majesty’s behalf. Please refer to the copyright guidance pages and the Click-Use Licensing section for information on permissions and licensing for the re-use of these materials.

In some cases, certain Crown bodies (such as Trading Funds) have a Delegation of Authority from the Controller of HMSO to license the re-use of material they originate. In such cases re-users will be required to obtain permission from these bodies themselves (rather than HMSO). All bodies with Delegations of Authority are subject to our Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS). A link has been provided to the appropriate IFTS information and contact details in each case.

For ease of reference, any organisation which has the words ’Department’ or ’Ministry’ as part of their title have been indexed under their main activity. For example, Department of Health appears under ’H’ as Health, Department of and Ministry of Defence appears under ’D’ as Defence, Ministry of. We have a table of shortcut letters to help you find the organisation you are looking for.

| A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

There is a wide range of public bodies which do not have Crown status. We have listed some of these organisations under Non-Crown Bodies

  • A
    • Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service(ACAS)
    • Animal Health (DEFRA)
    • Appeals Service (DWP)
  • B
    • Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Department for,
    • Buying solutions (OGC)
  • C
    • Cabinet Office
    • Central Office of Information
    • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (DEFRA)
    • Charity Commission
    • Child Support Agency (CSA) (DWP)
    • Communities and Local Government, Department of (DCLG)
    • Companies House (BIS)
    • Court Service (MoJ)
    • Criminal Records Bureau (HO)
    • Crown Estate
    • Crown Prosecution Service
    • Culture, Media and Sport, Department for (DCMS)
  • D
  • E
    • Education, Department of
    • Energy and Climate Change, Department of
    • Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for the
    • Export Credits Guarantee Department
  • F
    • Fire Service College (DCLG)
    • Food and Environment Research Agency (replacing Central Science Laboratory) (DEFRA)
    • Food Standards Agency
    • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
    • Forestry Commission
    • Forest Enterprise (FC)
    • Forest Research (FC)
  • G
    • Government Actuary’s Department
    • Government Car & Dispatch Agency (DFT)
    • Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)
    • Government Offices for the Regions (DCLG)
    • Government Property Lawyers (TSoL)
  • H
    • Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
    • Health, Department of
    • Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HO)
    • Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
    • Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (see Office of Public Sector Information)
    • Highways Agency (HA) (DFT)
    • Home Office (HO)
    • Hydrographic Office (MOD)
    • Hydrographic Office
  • I
    • Identity and Passport Service (HO)
    • Insolvency Service (BIS)
    • Intellectual Property Office (BIS)
    • International Development, Department for
  • J
    • Justice, Ministry of
    • Job Centre Plus (DWP)
  • L
    • Land Registry, HM
    • Law Commission
    • Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers
    • Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lord's Office
  • M
  • N
    • National Archives, The
    • National Debt Office
    • National Insurance Contributions Office (HMRC)
    • National Investment & Loans Office
    • National Measurement Office (BIS)
    • National Savings and Investment (HMT)
    • NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (DH)
    • Northern Ireland Administration
    • Northern Ireland Office (NIA)
    • Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIA)
  • O
    • Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Forces (MoJ)
    • Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED)
    • Office of Fair Trading (OFT)
    • Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem)
    • Office of Government Commerce (OGC)
    • Office of Manpower Economics
    • Office for National Statistics (ONS)
    • Office of Public Sector Information (TNA)
    • Office of the Rail Regulator
    • Office of Water Services (OFWAT)
    • Ordnance Survey
  • P
    • Parliamentary Counsel, Office of the
    • Paymaster General, Office of HM
    • People Pay and Pensions Agency (MOD)
    • Pesticides Safety Directorate (HSE)
    • Planning Inspectorate (DCLG)
    • Prime Minister’s Office
    • Pesticides Safety Directorate (HSE)
    • Planning Inspectorate (DCLG)
    • Privy Council Office
    • Probation Service (HO)
    • Public Guardianship Office (MoJ)
  • Q
    • Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (QEIICC) (DCLG)
  • R
    • Royal Mint
    • Royal Parks (DCMS)
    • Rural Payments Agency (DEFRA)
  • S
    • Scotland Office
    • Scottish Government
    • Security & Intelligence Service
    • Serious Fraud Office
    • Service Children’s Education (MOD)
    • Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (MOD)
    • Small Business Service (BIS)
  • T
    • The Pension Service (DWP)
    • Transport, Department for
    • Treasury Solicitor’s Department
    • Treasury, HM
    • Tribunals Service (MoJ)
  • U
    • UK Debt Management Office (HMT)
    • UK Statistics Authority (The Statistics Board)
    • UK Trade and Investment (UKTI)
    • UKTI Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO)
  • V
    • Valuation Office Agency (HMRC)
    • Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) (DFT)
    • Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA) (DFT)
    • Veterinary Laboratories Agency (DEFRA)
    • Veterinary Medicines Directorate (DEFRA)
  • W
    • Wales Office (Office of the Secretary of State for Wales)
    • Welsh Assembly Government
    • Wilton Park (FCO)
    • Work and Pensions, Department for


Devolved Governments

  • SCOTTISH ADMINISTRATION
  • Scottish Executive Core Departments
    • Development Department
    • Education Department
    • Enterprise Transport and Lifelong Learning Department
    • Environment and Rural Affairs Department
    • Executive Secretariat
    • Finance Department
    • Fisheries Research Services
    • General Register Office for Scotland
    • Health Department
    • Historic Scotland
    • Justice Department
    • National Archives of Scotland
    • Registers of Scotland
    • Scottish Agricultural Science Agency
    • Scottish Court Service
    • Scottish Executive Agencies
    • Scottish Building Standards Agency
    • Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency
    • Scottish Prison Service
    • Scottish Public Pensions Agency
    • Student Awards Agency for Scotland
  • Other offices which form part of the Scottish Administration
    • Accountant in Bankruptcy
    • Accountant of Court
    • Assistant Inspector of Fire Services for Scotland
    • Chief Dental Officer of the Scottish Administration
    • Chief Medical Officer of the Scottish Administration
    • Chief Inspector of Constabulary, HM
    • Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland, HM
    • Depute, Assistant or other Clerk in the Justiciary Office of the High Court of Justiciary
    • Inspector of Anatomy for Scotland, HM
    • Inspector of Constabulary, HM
    • Inspector of Fire Services for Scotland, HM
    • Inspector of Schools, HM
    • Macer in the Court of Session and Macer in the High Court of Justiciary
    • Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
    • Principal Clerk of Justiciary
    • Principal Clerk of Session and other Clerks or Officers of the Court of Sessions
    • Procurator Fiscal and Procurator Fiscal Depute
    • Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer
    • Queen’s Printer for Scotland
    • Registrar of Independent Schools
    • Rent Officer
    • Sheriff Clerk
    • Sheriff Clerk Depute
    • Social Work Inspector
    • Pension Appeals Tribunals for Scotland
    • Scottish Public Authorities
      • Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland
      • Deer Commission for Scotland
      • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
      • Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland
    • UK Government Authority
      • Army HQ Scotland
  • NORTHERN IRELAND OFFICE
  • Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of
    • Executive Agencies:
    • Forest Service
    • Rivers Agency
  • Crown Solicitor’s Office for Northern Ireland
  • Culture, Arts and Leisure, Department of
    • Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland
    • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, Department of the
  • Employment and Learning, Department for
  • Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Department of
    • Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland
    • Industrial Research, Technology Unit
    • LEDU (Local Enterprise Development Unit) The Small Business Agency
    • Northern Ireland Tourist Board
  • Environment, Department of the
    • Driver & Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland
    • Driver & Vehicle Testing Agency
    • Environment & Heritage Service
    • Executive Agencies:
    • Planning Service
  • Finance & Personnel, Department of
    • Executive Agencies:
    • Business Development Service
    • Construction Service
    • Government Purchasing Agency
    • Land Registers of Northern Ireland
    • NI Building Regulations Advisory Council
    • NI Construction Industry Advisory Council
    • Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency
    • Office of Law Reform
    • Rates Collection Agency
    • Valuation & Lands Agency
  • Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Department of
    • Executive Agencies:
    • Fire Authority
    • Northern Ireland Health & Social Service Agency
    • Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment, Department of
    • Lands Tribunal for Northern Ireland
    • Northern Ireland Court Service
    • Office for Regulation of Electricity & Gas
    • Office of the Civil Service Commissioners for Northern Ireland
    • Office of the First and Deputy First Minister
      • Executive Agencies/Sub Departments:
      • Office of the Legislative Counsel
      • Recruitment
    • Office of the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals
    • Regional Development Northern Ireland, Department of
      • Executive Agencies:
      • Roads Service
      • Training & Employment Agency
      • Water Service
    • Social Development, Department of
      • Northern Ireland Child Support Agency
      • Northern Ireland Social Security Agency
      • Office of Social Fund Commissioner
    • Statute Law Committee, Northern Ireland
  • NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES
    • Executive Agency:
    • Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments
  • Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales, HM
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
  • Wales Office (Office of the Secretary of State for Wales)


Non-Crown Bodies

There is a wide range of public bodies which do not have Crown status and do not fall within Crown copyright management. This can cause confusion and uncertainty. Some of the bodies often mistakenly assumed to be Crown bodies are listed below:

  1. Audit Commission
  2. Audit Scotland
  3. BBC
  4. British Council
  5. British Geological Survey
  6. British Library
  7. British Standards Institute (BSI)
  8. Commission for Health Improvement
  9. Competition Commission (successor to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission)
  10. Countryside Agency
  11. English Heritage
  12. Environment Agency
  13. Financial Services Authority
  14. Historic Royal Palaces
  15. Imperial War Museum (and museums generally)
  16. Information Commissioner
  17. Learning Skills Councils
  18. National Audit Office
  19. National Library of Scotland
  20. National Library of Wales
  21. Natural Environment Research Council
  22. NI Housing Executive
  23. Office of Communications (Ofcom)
  24. Parliamentary Ombudsman and the Health Service Ombudsman
  25. Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (and their Welsh and Scottish equivalents)
  26. Royal Armouries
  27. Royal Botanic Gardens
  28. Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
  29. Scottish Information Commissioner
  30. Scottish Natural Heritage
  31. Scottish Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration
  32. Serious Organised Crime Agency
  33. Welsh Administration Ombudsman