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About this website Publishing is managed by The National Archives on behalf of HM Government. Publishing all UK legislation is a core part of the remit of His Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO), part of The National Archives, and the Office of the King's Printer for Scotland. The service is provided in conjunction with our contracted legislation publisher - The Stationery Office Limited. Publishing provides Government departments in all jurisdictions with tools and services to support the legislative drafting process and provides an integrated, end-to-end system for the publication of legislation and associated documents in print and electronically to As the official home of UK legislation, provides access to UK legislation covering all jurisdictions (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

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About Us

The National Archives is the official archive and publisher for the UK government. We are a centre of expertise in every aspect of creating, storing, using and managing official information. We are a non-ministerial department of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport

  • As the official government archive for England, Wales and the United Kingdom, we hold over 1,000 years of the nation's records for everyone to discover and use.
  • We work with 250 government and public sector bodies, helping them to manage and use information more effectively.
  • We promote the re-use of public sector information and regulate the information-trading activities of organisations that create and collect public sector information.
  • We manage Crown and Parliamentary copyright.
  • We provide leadership, support and guidance to the wider archive sector in England and Wales.

We preserve the UK public record, and make it accessible. Our expert advice and guidance help members of the public and researchers of all kinds to study the information held in our collection, and to explore the history of our nation and their own ancestors. At the same time, we champion wider access to information generated by the public sector, so that it can be shared and re-used by citizens, community groups and businesses.

His Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) was founded in 1786. It is the holder of Crown copyright and has been the official printer and publisher of all Acts of Parliament since 1889.

Between 2003 and 2006, HMSO was one of four government bodies that came together to form The National Archives, joining with the Public Record Office, the Office of Public Sector Information and the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. Each of these organisations specialised in different aspects of managing important information.

Today The National Archives brings together the skills and specialisms needed in our digital world for managing and preserving government information past, present and future - and for making it accessible to its users.