Legislation Search Form

You may use this form to perform searches for both current and historical legislation. Depending on your selection, the available fields included on the form will vary.

VersionSelect the radio button for the type of legislation search you wish to perform.
Current Version (default)
Select this option to perform general searches for current legislation.
Historical Version
Select this option to perform searches for historical versions of legislation that occurred between July 1998 and the present date.

Enter the title, part of the title, or year of enactment of the legislation that you are searching for.

Example: competition act

SearchTo begin the search, click on the Search button.
Year enactedEnter Royal Assent Date of UK Acts or Measures or Made Date of Statutory Instrument.
Select this checkbox to search for Acts.
Select this checkbox to search for statutory instruments (SIs) only.
Series number

Enter the Chapter of the Act, the Series Number of a Statutory Instrument or the Church of England Measure Number that you are searching for.

Example: 1131

Citation helpClick on this link to get help with formatting legislative citations.

Enter the section, article or clause number of the legislation that you are searching for.

Example: 18

Part or schedule

Enter the part or schedule of the legislation that you are searching for.

Example: schedule 2

Search terms

Enter your search terms, using connectors to show the relationship between the terms.

Tip: If you do not use connectors between your search terms, the system defaults to PRE/1 not AND.
Search tips
Click on this link to view descriptions and examples of the connectors, such as AND, OR, AND NOT, etc., which you may use in constructing your search.
Search for available historical versions that came into force after 1998
"I" icon
To learn more about historical legislation sources, click on the "i" icon.
Point in TimeTo specify a date on which to base your search, you may manually enter one in DD/MM/YYYY format, or select one using the date-selection tool provided to the right of the input box.
Note: You cannot search dates before July 1998. Invalid dates will be greyed out.
Add topics to searchClick on this link to add index terms to your search. Index terms help you focus your search on a specific topic or broaden your search to span an entire subject.

Select a source from the drop-down list of your most recently used sources. Note that some sources cannot be removed as they are defined as key sources.

To access the UK Legislation Status Snapshots which provide you with commencement, amendment and status information in the one place, select UK Legislation Status Snapshots from the drop-down list. Alternatively, you will have the option to access this key source from within any UK Parliament Act via the Find out more box.

"I" icon
To learn more about the contents of a source, click on the "i" icon to the right of the drop-down list. The document that appears generally explains such things as: coverage, frequency, update schedule, content summary, publisher and available document sections. If the What do we cover? link is available, you can click on it to display a list of the available sources, grouped by publisher.
More sources
Click on this link to view sources other than the ones currently in the drop-down list.
Edit this Source List
Within the Sources drop-down list, click on this option to add, delete or rearrange the sources that are displayed.

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