Law subject resources – Public Information Online


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Every law student knows the law databases very well. We do not need to introduce Westlaw, Lexis Library or HeinOnline to you. But, did you know that there are other useful databases which can help your studies and research? One of them is Public Information Online (PIO).

PIO is a full text database which provides access to Parliamentary publications from the Westminster Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly, National Assembly for Wales and Scottish Government. It also contains Non-Parliamentary material.

You can find all kinds of official publications through the database whether you want to track a Bill, read a debate in Hansard, find a Command Paper or read an overview of an Act. PIO allows you to see any UK Act dating back to 1988 and it’s amending Statutory Instruments.

One of PIO’s best known features is a directory, Civil Service Yearbook for detailed information on the structure, department and key personnel of the Civil Service of all central and devolved governments.

Online access to PIO database is available through Primo. Please login to Primo at the top right corner of the screen first, then on Primo Advanced Search, click on the ‘Find Databases‘ tab, and select letter ‘P‘ for Public Information Online.  If you are working from home, and you were presented with an authentication page, simple login with your university username and password, and start your search.

For more information, please read our Official Publications library guide or visit us in the Taylor Library.

Taylor Library Team

Two new Scottish Government consultations on the subject of inheritance and property

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These two recent consultation papers from the Scottish Government may be of interest to anyone studying succession.

Consultation on the Law of Succession:

This consultation paper, seeks views on recommendations the Scottish Law Commission made in their 2009 Report on Succession.

Issues considered are:

  • Where there is no will
  • Protection for disinheritance
  • Provisions for cohabitants.

The consultation documents are available on the Scottish Government website.

Consultation on the draft bill on Prescription and Title to Moveable Property:

This consultation seeks views on recommendations by the Scottish Law Commission in their 2012 Report on Prescription and Title to Moveable Property.

Issues considered are:

  • Allowing someone possessing an object in good faith to become the owner after 20 years
  • Allowing someone who has a lent or deposited object become the owner after 50 years if no owner can be traced

The consultation documents are available on the Scottish Government website