Hello everyone – my first post, well overdue.
At last I have some news in response to Nick’s email some time ago querying the status of UK online legislation. An internal pilot of the Statute Law Database has recently been completed and is being evaluated.
The database is expected to be made available to Government departments in April. A pilot of the public service will follow in May, with the service expected to go live by the end of this year. The publicly-accessible database is intended to be freely available.
However our English colleagues are a little wary of these promised deadlines. I recall the first excitement over 10 years ago when the Statute Law Database was promised by the then Conservative government. Blair has now been in power for 8 years. Things don’t move very quickly in the civil service…
I will keep an eye on developments.