This is a little late in coming to SLAW, as I have been in at a conference the antipodes, and did not get a chance to post the good news when it came through. The following messahge was posted by a colleague (and came from the Statutory Publications Office) on 21 September:
“We are also pleased to announce that the website as it stands will be launched free of charge to the public once piloting has been completed.
A commercial strategy will still be developed next year, but will primarily be looking at options that concern the commercial reuse of the data and the development of functionality that will serve the needs of the specialist user.”
So the database will be free for the public. Hooray for that!