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Official and Regulatory Information and Links

All official and regulatory publication information can be located within this area of the TSO Shop. Follow the links below for further information on each section.

The Daily List
The Gazettes
The National Archives (TNA)
Official Documents
British Standards Institute (BSI)
Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

The Daily List

The Daily List announces all publications published or placed on sale each day by TSO. It covers all Parliamentary Acts, Statutory Instruments and Official Publications for England and Scotland as well as Acts, Statutory Rules and Assembly Publications for Northern Ireland.

The Daily List also lists those items placed on sale on behalf of the British, European and International organisations for which TSO is an agent and can be viewed here at tso.co.uk by visiting The Daily List, along with all Previous Lists.

An alternative to viewing the Daily List online at tso.co.uk is a daily or weekly electronic subscription delivered via TSO's officialpublicationsonline.co.uk service. For more information visit our TSO Bibliographic Services page.

The Gazettes

The London Gazette, first published in 1665, is the oldest, continuously published newspaper in the UK and probably the world. Since publication two sister Gazettes have been founded, the Edinburgh Gazette and the Belfast Gazette. All of these hold a unique position within British publishing as they are official newspapers of the crown.

Many readers find The Gazettes to be crucial to their business needs. In many cases Gazette notices are statutory in nature and are used in legal proceedings.

All are available on subscription service, information can be found by clicking - The Gazette Subscriptions. For further information on The Gazettes please visit www.london-gazette.co.uk

The National Archives (TNA)

The National Archives is at the heart of information policy, setting standards, delivering access and encouraging the re-use of public sector information. TNA provides a wide range of services to the public, information industry, government and the wider public sector relating to finding, using, sharing and trading information.

TNA has an important role as a regulator of public sector information holders for their information trading activities. The Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) founded on the principles of openness, transparency, fairness, compliance and challenge helps re-users of public sector information to know that they will be treated reasonably and fairly. TNA also investigates complaints against public sector information holders made under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations. In addition TNA manages the Information Unlocking Scheme which underpins the initiatives to open government data for broad use and re-use.

TNA is responsible for Government information licensing most recently publishing the Open Government License and also provides a secretariat to the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI), which advises Ministers on how best to encourage the re-use of public sector information.

Operating from within TNA, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO) continues to exist and fulfil its core activities including responsibility for the publication of legislation and the management of Crown copyright.

Click here to visit the TNA website

Official Documents

Official Documents contain the full text of selected Government reports, Command Papers (White Papers and Green Papers), and House of Commons Papers covering a very broad range of topics including the economy, work and welfare, health, transport and the environment.

  • Command Papers
    Command Papers derive their name from the fact that they are presented to Parliament by a Government Minister "by Command of Her Majesty". The titles which form this series of publications are often described as 'White' or 'Green' Papers but these expressions have no formal definition.

    • White Papers - White Papers are statements of proposed government policy on a particular area of concern and often contain a statement of policy. Their intention is to spark debate, often inviting comment. They often pave the way for legislation however there is no obligation to act along the lines proposed.

      White Papers are often produced following the consultation that is initiated when the Government issues a Green Paper.
    • Green Papers - Green Papers are consultation documents issued by the Government which contain policy proposals at a formative stage to initiate debate and discussion proposals. They are published before a final decision is taken on the best policy option. Green Papers will contain several policy options which will be used as the foundation of firmer recommendations published.
  • House of Commons Papers
    House of Commons Papers (HCPs) are a large and varied body of documents many of which have familiar titles, although few appreciate that they form part of this series. The majority orginate from Government Departments and are often Annual Reports and Accounts concerning a wide range of public bodies.

All Official Documents are highlighted on the The Daily List on the day of publication and backdated documents are available through Previous Lists.

Alternatively you can visit the Official Documents website. This site has recently been divided into two sectors. www.official-documents.co.uk containing Command Papers and HCPs from 1st January 2002 to the present day, and www.archive.official-documents.co.uk containing A selection of Command Papers and other Governmental publications that were published prior to 31st December 2001.

British Standards Institute (BSI)

The BSI is now the world's leading standards and quality services organisation. Formed in 1901 and incorporated under Royal Charter in 1929, BSI is the oldest national standards-making body in the world. Independent of government, industry and trade associations BSI is a non-profit distributing organisation.

BSI is globally recognised as an independent and impartial body serving both the private and public sectors. BSI works with manufacturing and service industries, businesses and governments, to facilitate the production of British, European and International standards.

For more information on BSI's standards and quality services click - BSI on the TSO Online Bookshop where you can view key standards and BSI's business information seminars, or visit the BSI website at www.bsi-global.com.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

The role of the HSE is to ensure that risks to people's health and safety arising from work and work activities is properly controlled. The HSE develop new health and safety laws and standards, and play a full part in international developments, especially in the European Union.

TSO is an official agent for the HSE and all publications can be located within the HSE section here - HSE on the TSO online Bookshop, alternatively visit the HSE website - www.hse.gov.uk.