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Queen's Printer for Scotland

The Queen's Printer for Scotland (QPS) is responsible for overseeing the publication of Scottish legislation, and for the management of Crown copyright in information produced by the Scottish Government,

The QPS was established under section 92 of the Scotland Act 1998. The QPS was specified a non-ministerial office-holder and member of the staff of the Scottish Administration with effect from 1 July 1999.

These responsibilities were broadly restated, with some modifications, by the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.

The Scotland Act states that the office of Queen’s Printer for Scotland shall be held by the Queen’s Printer for Acts of Parliament. These offices are held by the Keeper of Public Records, the Chief Executive of The National Archives.  The functions of the QPS are carried out from within The National Archives.

The QPS reports to the Minister for Parliamentary Business and produces an annual report which sets out details of its costs and performance.

Scottish legislation and other legislation which affects Scotland can be found on legislation.gov.uk

The default licence for the use and re-use of Crown copyright information is the Open Government Licence (OGL). Further information regarding Crown copyright and the OGL can be found on The National Archives website.

In addition to working with the Scottish Government, the QPS also has an agreement with the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. Under this agreement the QPS provides advice on matters relating to copyright and licensing of Scottish Parliamentary copyright material, and to investigate any infringements of Scottish Parliamentary copyright. Most Scottish Parliamentary copyright material can be re-used under the terms of the Open Scottish Parliament Licence. Further information can also be found on the Scottish Parliament website.