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Frequently Asked Questions

What legislation is held on SLD?

Will I find new legislation on SLD?

How up to date is the legislation on SLD?

How will I know if there are any amendments not yet applied to my selected Act?

Can I find out the details of any amendments not yet applied to my selected Act?

How do I open a whole Act on SLD?

What are Attributes?

What are annotations?

What legislation is held on SLD?

SLD carries most (but not all) types of legislation, both primary and secondary. Most types of primary legislation are held in ‘revised’ form. This means that amendments made to them by subsequent legislation are incorporated into the text. Most types of secondary legislation on SLD are not revised and are held only in the form in which they were originally made.

 

For full listings see Types of Legislation on SLD.

Will I find new legislation on SLD?

New legislation is loaded onto SLD as soon as possible after it is received from the publisher. With effect from November 2006, data will be supplied by the publisher on a daily basis. Further information will be given at that time about the timescales users can expect.

 

For a list of all legislation added to SLD within the last seven days see New Legislation.

How up to date is the legislation on SLD?

All legislation held on SLD in revised form has been updated at least to the end of 2001. Most of those items are also up-to-date to the present. For the remainder there are still effects outstanding for at least one of the years 2002 to the current year. About two thirds of the effects of 2002 have been completed. The effects for the remaining years will be applied progressively over the coming months.

 

For further details see Update Status of Legislation.

How will I know if there are any amendments not yet applied to my selected Act?

When you access an item of legislation, a warning notice will appear on the ‘Results within legislation’ page listing the years for which there are outstanding amendments or other effects on that legislation. If no warning notice appears, you may assume that the legislation has been revised with any effects to date (but see the answer to the next question concerning the timescales for recording the effects of newly enacted legislation).

Can I find out the details of any amendments not yet applied to my selected Act?

Yes. All amendments and other effects on legislation for each of the years 2002 to the current year are listed in the ‘Tables of legislative effects’. Taken together, SLD and the tables will enable you to obtain a complete picture of all the effects on any given item of revised legislation held on SLD to date. But note that there will inevitably be an interval between the publication of new legislation and the effects of that legislation appearing in the tables. Typically, that interval will be no more than two weeks. On those occasions when a longer interval is unavoidable, an appropriate notice will appear in the ‘Messages’ section of the Homepage.

How do I open a whole Act on SLD?

Once you have completed a search on SLD and have selected an item of legislation, you will be taken to the Results within legislation page.  From this page you can open the legislation at any level by clicking on the appropriate entry in the contents list displayed.  To open the whole Act, you should click on the Short Title, which appears at the very top of the list. But note that, if the Act is larger than 512 kilobytes you will get a message warning you that it may take some time to open. It is then recommended that you return to the ‘Results within legislation’ page and open the Act at a lower level. Very large Acts (larger than 2 megabytes) cannot be opened in their entirety at all and can only be opened at lower levels.

 

For further information on how legislation is structured on SLD and tips on opening and viewing legislation at different levels see Structure of Legislation.

What are Attributes?

Attributes are items of information attached to versions of legislation on SLD denoting properties of the legislative text. The main attributes denote geographical coverage (the ‘extent’ of the version) and currency (the ‘start’ and ‘end’ dates, if any, of the version). Attributes are shown in a table at the foot of the page of legislation on view.

 

For further information, see Attributes.

What are annotations?

Annotations are notes that appear at the foot of a piece of legislative text on SLD. They are mainly used to provide the authority for amendments or other effects on the legislation, but they may also be used to convey other editorial information.

 

Each annotation has a reference number and the nature of the information it contains is conveyed by the annotation type. For instance, F-notes identify amendments where there is authority to change the text, and I-notes contain information about the coming into force of a provision.

 

For full details of annotation types and what they mean, see Annotation Types on SLD.