These are general guidelines for students in departments other than law who may need to use government material. For example nursing students who may use Department of Health reports. Law students should use OSCOLA guidelines as recommended by the Department.
Citing government reports
Since government reports are often the responsibility of a particular department, treat the department as the author (including within the text).
|A recent study (Department of Health, 2009) found that 62,000 patients waited over 8 weeks for an outpatient appointment.|
|Department of Health (2009) NHS inpatient and outpatient waiting times. London: The Stationery Office|
Citing Acts of Parliament (post-1963)
Each UK Act of Parliament has a chapter number (simply the number of the act during that Parliamentary year). Sometimes you will see both the chapter number, and the sovereign's name quoted in the reference.
|The statute (National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990) established NHS Trusts....|
|Great Britain. National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990: Elizabeth II. Chapter 19, (1990) London: The Stationery Office. |
As long as you are consistent with your references this may vary, and may not include all of the above details. For instance,
Great Britain. National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990. London : The Stationery Office.