An update from TSO – autumn 2016 – “A new era in Parliamentary publishing”

From 1 April 2016, Parliament moved into a new era of producing its own documents and materials emanating from the House of Commons and House of Lords. From 1 April 2016, The Stationery Office Ltd (TSO) no longer produced House of Lords materials and only a limited range of Commons material is being produced until 1 January 2017 i.e. Commons Bills, Explanatory Notes and some Commons Select Committees.

From 1 April 2016, PDFs of parliamentary documents were made available by Parliament on the Parliament websites www.parliament.uk and/or www.data.parliament.uk . These documents do not carry ISBNs.

However TSO will continue to upload the parliamentary documents in PDF format to its online library Official Publications Online (OPO) www.officialpublicationsonline.co.uk and to continue to update the documents with the same range of ISBN numbers. The TSO Official Publications Online library collection remains in place and continues to be updated each day.  The TSO Daily and Weekly Lists include details of the PDFs uploaded to the OPO Library  www.officialpublicationsonline.co.uk  The collection does not include Bound Volumes.

For parliamentary materials published before 1 April 2016 and for Commons Bills, Explanatory Notes and some Commons Select Committees pre 1 January 2017, there is no change in supply from TSO. TSO continues to offer print format copies of these materials, including the bespoke services of sourcing and supplying parliamentary materials from its extensive archive, dating back to the 19th century.

It must be noted that the supply of House and Command Papers and Legislation Papers from TSO in print format, is not affected by the Parliamentary changes and the supply position from TSO remains unchanged.

As Parliament moves into this new era of printing internally, TSO continues to support those sourcing parliamentary materials, past and present.

For further information please contact TSO Ltd:

Email:  Officialpubsonline@tso.co.uk   : Phone 0333 200 2429

Responsibility for the information set out in this post lies entirely with The Stationery Office Ltd.

SCOOP Online OP Showcase

Further to our earlier post on the changes to Parliamentary Publishing, there has been additional clarification from TSO on the status of House, Command and Legislation Papers: these are unaffected by the changes and will still be available in hard copy. Also unaffected are materials published before 1 April 2016.

It has also been confirmed that the although PDFs of parliamentary documents will no longer be assigned ISBNs by TSO. Other publishers, such as Dandy, have made the decision to attach their own ISBNs to the PDFs they supply.

With all these changes SCOOP thought that it would be timely and useful for all those dealing with Official Publications to be able to review the various online products available. With this in mind, on Wednesday 11th May  at CILIP HQ we will be holding demonstrations of TSO’s Official Publications Online, Dandy’s Public Information Online, and ProQuest’s Parliamentary Papers website. The session will start at 2pm and is open to anyone interested in online OP provision. If you would like to attend or have any questions, contact me using the form below.

Steven Hartshorne, Information and Enquiry Service Officer, Bolton Library and Museum Services / Secretary of SCOOP

Changes to Parliamentary Publishing in 2016

This year will see some fundamental changes to the way in which Parliamentary Papers are made available to the public and in light of this, we have been given permission to reproduce a statement issued by TSO on their future plans for the publication of hard copy Parliamentary Papers.

“After 31st March 2016, TSO/Williams Lea Tag will no longer be printing the full range of papers for the House of Commons and House of Lords own use.

However, we will still be printing House of Commons Bills, Explanatory Notes and some Select Committee Reports for the House of Commons until 31st December 2016 and at the same time continue to supply these materials in print format to our external customers.

The House of Commons Daily Hansard and Bound volumes will continue to be supplied, as now in print format, to our external customers.

After 31st March, 2016, The House of Lords Bound Volumes will continue to be supplied in print format to our external customers.  However, there will be no supply in print format of other House of Lords materials.

The TSO online library www.officialpublicationsonline.co.uk will be offered with more flexible options to purchase download of PDFs as a means of sourcing materials no longer to be supplied in print format.

Update newsletters will shortly be released confirming the arrangements for supply of House of Lords and House of Commons materials after 31 March 2016.  The newsletters will be issued to all TSO external customers (including suppliers) and the Chairs of the various “Library Groups” we support.”

Access to the electronic editions of Parliamentary Papers will continue to be available via the various online sources, such as the Gov.Uk Official Publications portal, the Publications and Records section of  Parliament.Uk, the TSO’s own Official Publications Online (referenced above), Dandy’s Public Information Online, and ProQuest’s Parliamentary Papers website.

Steven Hartshorne, Information and Enquiry Service Officer, Bolton Library and Museum Services / Secretary of SCOOP