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Official Publications: Acts of Parliament

Acts of parliament

Acts of Parliament

After a Bill has received Royal Assent, it is published as an Act of Parliament, known as Public General Acts. Each Act is referred to as a Chapter (abbreviated to c.) and given a Chapter number, for example the Building Societies Act 1997 c.40. Acts are filed in Chapter number order for each Session. There is an index to Chapter numbers at the beginning of the bound volumes for each Session.

The Office of Public Sector Information has the full text of Acts from 1988 onwards, and a limited selection of Acts from earlier years. This is the text of the Act as passed; for texts including later amendments use the major legal databases such as: