TSO is awarded UK Legislation publishing contract

TSO (The Stationery Office Ltd), part of the Williams Lea Group and the leading supplier of publishing solutions to the public sector, has today announced that it has been awarded contracts to publish all UK, (England and Wales), Northern Ireland and Scottish legislation for the next five years by The National Archives and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland. The contract includes the ongoing management of www.legislation.gov.ukopens in new window, launched in August 2010 to open up the statute book.

Richard Dell, CEO of TSO said, “We are delighted to win the new contracts to publish legislation in all formats. In addition to providing continuity of service, the new contracts deliver innovative technology solutions to capture, transform and disseminate legislation, placing a high priority on extending re-use of legislation content. We also look forward to continuing to support The National Archives in its groundbreaking work on open and linked data through legislation.gov.uk.”

The contracts will commence in January 2011 and will run for five years, with the option to extend for two 12-month periods.

TSO is the existing publisher of UK legislation and won the new contracts after an exacting competitive process designed to identify a supplier best able to meet the changing future requirements for legislation while delivering value for money to government.

Under the new contracts, government departments will save 30% of the current costs of publishing legislation.

Solutions to be provided under the contracts include:

  • Capture – the processes by which legislative content is captured from the legislative drafter
  • Transformation – converting the data so the legislation can be published in different formats
  • Dissemination – once transformed, legislation will be disseminated online through the legislation.gov.uk website and in print, according to particular requirements

TSO has been at the forefront of working with public sector clients to open up published data and shares the government's commitment to transparency and opening up government data.

The National Archives will publish the new contracts online in a fully machine-readable format in the New Year.