Public Pilot Scheme for Statute Law Database

August 2, 2006

Following the launch of the government service enquiry facility, the Statutory Publications Office, part of the DCA, are running a public service pilot. Pilot users have been asked to give feedback on service issues such as ease of use, presentation and layout and help facilities. While pilot users are given full access to the service for free, ‘this will not necessarily mean that some of this information will not be subjected to some form of charging when it comes live’.


Laurence Eastham, Editor of Computers & Law, is one of the testers of the new service. He can at least confirm that it exists and that it is very impressive, albeit imperfect. To access his review of his brief period of use of the service, click here.


As to the remaining timetable, Tony Hopkins, head of the SPO, reports:

‘The last phase (3) of the pilot is scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2006. This will be followed by a formal Evaluation process which takes around three weeks to complete. Providing no other issues arise, then we could be live by the end of November or the beginning of December.’