Publication and copyright
19 Although prepared by departments, explanatory notes are a parliamentary document and copyright is assigned to Parliament while the bill is before Parliament. The Public Bill Office in each House arranges publication as a separate document alongside the bill; and makes the bill and its notes available on the parliamentary website. Even if the bill is not amended, the explanatory notes must be updated at certain stages of parliamentary passage, and the most recent version will always be published on the parliamentary website (along with all previous versions).
20 Departments should not publish the bill and the explanatory notes on their own departmental website (for which copyright permission would need to be obtained by contacting the Information Policy Team in the National Archives). Instead departments should simply provide a link to the parliamentary website page about their bill.