This data category requires all national laws and statutes available to be available online, although it is not a requirement that information on legislative behaviour e.g. voting records is available. To satisfy this category, the following minimum criteria must be met:

  • Content of the law / status
  • If applicable, all relevant amendments to the law
  • Date of last amendments
  • Data should be updated at least on quarterly

Data Location

Comments is a comprehensive public database of UK legislation maintained online by The National Archives, an executive agency of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The information is re-usable under the UK's Open Government Licence.

Machine-readable open data from is available through an API and as bulk downloads. PDF copies of legislation are also available in bulk.

Reviewer comments

Information correct. Changed description for 2015.

Data Availability

  • Y Openly licensed
  • Y Is the data available for free
  • Y Is the data machine readable
  • Y Available in bulk
  • Y Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis
  • Y Is data in digital form
  • Y Publicly available
  • Y Does the data exist
  • Y Is the data available online
  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure
  • No data


Date the data became available   Unknown
Format of data   XML, XHTML, HTML 5, PDF
Reviewer   Mor Rubinstein
Submitters   Owen Boswarva
Last modified   Sat Nov 21 2015 12:52:20 GMT+0000 (UTC)