The UK Statute Law Database
The UK Statute Law Database (SLD) is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online. For more information about SLD and what it contains see Help.
SLD made simple
view amended legislation as it has changed over time
the green "A" icon will reveal the "attributes" of the legislation (e.g. start date, extent) and let you move between versions
see how legislation will be affected by amendments not yet in force
see how legislation has been amended for different jurisdictions
the yellow "C" icon denotes provisions that have "concurrent versions" (e.g. one for England and Wales and another for Scotland)
navigate links between affecting and affected legislation
search the text of legislation for words and phrases
You can find out more about these and other features of SLD in Help.
SLD Goes Public
SLD was released to the public on 20 December 2006. The staff of the UK Statutory Publications Offices would like to welcome all our new users. The content of SLD is available for viewing and private use free of charge, but please see the Crown Copyright notice for further information about re-use of the data.
2006 Primary Legislation
The Armed Forces Act 2006 (c. 52) is now available. All 2006 primary legislation has now been published to the website. [Updated 8.2.2007]
Update Status of SLD
Work on bringing the text of SLD fully up to date is in progress. Please see Update Status of Legislation to find out how to determine the date to which your chosen legislation has been revised and how to obtain details of any effects that have not yet been applied to it.