Statement to voters
ACCESS TO THE LAW FOR ALL
It is very fortunate that Heidi Alexander chose the present time for the calling of this by-election, because it gives me an opportunity, for which I am very grateful, to raise a very important, but long ignored, issue. And it gives the electorate an opportunity to help put things right by voting for me.
The Statute Law Database has been staggering and languishing almost since its very inception in 1967.
The aim of my campaign is to raise public awareness of this situation, increase public understanding of why it matters and increase determination to have it put right.
The Statute Law Database is an official database of the text of parliament-made law (Acts of Parliament). It is an official database of the parliament-made law which is in force or is set to come into force. It is freely available to the public at legislation.gov.uk. Importantly, it is the record of law which is currently binding on the public; first as originally enacted, and thereafter as amended from time to time.
However, unfortunately, the database has not been kept wholly up- to-date; this means that what the official website tells you is current binding law, is not, in fact, necessarily, current binding law.
The site itself admits this: in its Frequently Asked Questions section it says,
Q. How up to date is the revised content on this website?
A. All legislation held on legislation.gov.uk in revised form has been updated with effects of legislation made up to 2002 (except for some effects of 2002 legislation that were not yet in force at the end of 2002). About half of all items of legislation are also up-to-date to the present. For the remainder there are still effects outstanding for at least one of the years 2003 to the current year.
So, it is up-to-date for 2002 - it is now 2018 - and only about half of the legislation is up-to-date to the present day, therefore the other half is not up-to-date to the present day.
It is democratically necessary that the public should be able to know the laws by which it is bound.
There are commercial ways of accessing the up-to-date legislation, of course; but it ought to be free.
This important issue (getting all statutory text fully up to date) has been sidelined for years, but millions of pounds of tax payer's money have been spent on it. It should have been put right years ago. Let’s put it right now. With the help of your vote this could be done.
This statement was added by Charles Edward Carey, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.
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