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The attached correspondence may also be of assistance to those seeking Northern Ireland statutory material:
----------------------- Sender: "EURO-LEX (All EUROpean Legal Information EXchange List)"
Poster: Renate Weidinger Subject: Northern Ireland Statutory Instruments ----------------------------------------------------------- - We need a couple of Statutory Instruments from Northern Ireland and according to references made in CELEX. For instance and cited as: The genetically modified organisms (deliberate release), Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1994 of 12/04/1994, Statutory Instruments No 144 of 1994. Until last week I would have been convinced, that Halsbury's Statutory Instruments would cover all this; now we realized that it covers England and Wales only. Therefore some questions to our British and Irish colleagues: - What is the printed collection for Northern Ireland SI called (in order to direct an ILL request properly)? Is 'The Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland' the correct title? - Which would be the printed collection for Scotland? - Does the HMSO 'Statutory Instruments Database' on CD-ROM now cover the full range of Northern Ireland SI? (We own an older edition of SI on CD-ROM and its manual states: 'Northern Ireland Orders are not included on the initial version of SI-CD but will be added in a future update.') - Is there an online access to HMSO Statutory Instruments Database, either via Internet or via X.25 network. What are the conditions of use? Thanks in advance for any reply. R.W. ............................................................................ : Renate Weidinger Phone: +49 7531 882845 : : University of Konstanz Fax: +49 7531 883082 : : Library Email: email@example.com : :..........................................................................: ---------------------- Information from the mail header ----------------------- Sender: "EURO-LEX (All EUROpean Legal Information EXchange List)" Poster: Renate Weidinger Subject: Northern Ireland Statutory Instruments -------------------------------------------------------------- - The message below had not been distributed properly; so may I forward it to the list together with some additional notes. R.W. ----------------------------Original message---------------------------- The enclosed mail file has been identified as a delivery error for list EURO-LEX because it was sent to the reserved 'owner-euro-lex' mailbox. ------------------------------ Message in error ------------------------------- Date: Tue, 28 Feb 95 13:16 GMT From; firstname.lastname@example.org (gareth morgan) Subject: Northern Ireland SIs To; owner-euro-lex@VM.GMD.DE I've checked on the current SI CD-Rom and NI SIs are still not there. The NI Order on Genetically Modified Organisms 1992 is there but that is the equivalent of the Act. I strongly suspect that, if it is like areas I do know about, the NI regs will be identical in function to the British SIs with only the necessary constitutional changes. + But not having the same numbering: SI 144 of 1944 of the British SIs + has nothing to do with 'Genetically modified organisms', but deals with + Customs and Excise Matters (Designation of a 'Free Zone'). R.W. I believe that on-line access to SIs is available on Lexis but I don't know whether this includes NI, or indeed whether it is full text of the entire series. + Doesn't the 'English Library' in Lexis represent Butterworths material? + In that case, it possibly will be equivalent to Halsbury's. R.W. GarethM @ Ferret Information Systems.
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