National Laws 85% open

Great Britain

What data is expected?

This data category requires all national laws and statutes to be available online, although it is not a requirement that information on legislative behaviour e.g. voting records is available.

  • Content of the law / status
  • Date of last amendment
  • Amendments to the law (if applicable)

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced Yes
In an open and machine-readable format HTML, TXT, XML
Downloadable at once No
Up-to-date Yes
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
findable 3
findable_steps I was previously aware of the Legislation.gov.uk site and it is easily discoverable by searching Google for legislation uk. However the bulk download page is difficult to find; I had to rely on my own notes to relocate the link.
licence_url http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ The data is re-usable under the Open Government Licence as noted in the standard footer on pages of the Legislation.gov.uk site.
Collected by government Yes
usability 2 The data is mainly plain text, i.e. not highly structured. However this follows from the subject matter.
collector_name The National Archives
characteristics Content of the law / status, Date of last amendment, Amendments to the law (if applicable) Changes to legislation are flagged and noted but not always integrated into the body of the legislation, apparently due to a longstanding backlog.
location http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ - Legislation.gov.uk, href="http://leggovuk.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/" http://leggovuk.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/">rel="nofollow">http://leggovuk.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/ - Legislation downloads
Changes to legislation are flagged and noted but not always integrated into the body of the legislation, apparently due to a longstanding backlog. The data is re-usable under the Open Government Licence as noted in the standard footer on pages of the Legislation.gov.uk site. The data is mainly plain text, i.e. not highly structured.

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Meta data

Data location   http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ - Legislation.gov.uk
   http://leggovuk.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/ - Legislation downloads
Data licence   http://www.legislation.gov.uk/
Data format   HTML, TXT, XML
Reviewer   Anton Shaffer
Submitters   Owen Boswarva
Last modified   Mon Dec 05 2016 22:28:27 GMT+0000 (UTC)