Administration of Justice

Justice written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of James Arbuthnot James Arbuthnot Chair, Defence Committee, Chair, Defence Committee

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what plans she has to improve access for litigants to copies of statutes in force.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Litigants in person, as members of the public, have access online to two main sources of current legislation. First, the website of the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) at provides access to both primary and secondary legislation in the form in which it was enacted. Secondly, the statute law database (SLD), maintained by the Statutory Publications Office (SPO), provides access to primary legislation revised to incorporate the effects of subsequent legislation. SLD was made available to the public in December 2006 and can be accessed at:

All the primary legislation held on SLD has been updated with the effects of legislation enacted at least up to the end of 2001. Most of the legislation on the database is also up to date to the present. The effects of legislation enacted in the years 2002 to 2006 are currently being applied to the database. SPO and OPSI are currently undertaking a programme of work designed to avoid unnecessary duplication between the two websites and to make access to legislation as seamless as possible to the public.

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