Open Knowledge

Legislation 100% open

United Kingdom

What data is expected?

This data category requires all national laws and statutes available to be available online, although it is not a requirement that information on legislative behaviour e.g. voting records is available. To satisfy this category, the following minimum criteria must be met:

  • Content of the law / status
  • If applicable, all relevant amendments to the law
  • Date of last amendments
  • Data should be updated at least on quarterly

What data is available

  •   Openly licensed? Yes(Here)
  •   Is the data available for free? Yes
  •   Is the data machine readable? Yes (XML, XHTML, HTML 5, PDF)
  •   Available in bulk? Yes
  •   Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? Yes
  •   Publicly available? Yes(as published by National Archives)
  •   Is data in digital form? Yes
  •   Is the data available online? Yes (Here)
  •   Does the data exist? Yes

Details is a comprehensive public database of UK legislation maintained online by The National Archives, an executive agency of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The information is re-usable under the UK's Open Government Licence.

Machine-readable open data from is available through an API and as bulk downloads. PDF copies of legislation are also available in bulk.

Reviewer comments

Information correct. Changed description for 2015.



  • Mor Rubinstein


  • Owen Boswarva