The Stationery Office (TSO) was extremely surprised to read the article 'Unauthorised Part L Published' (AJ 06.04.06). There are a number of inaccuracies in it, which would have been avoided if the AJ had talked to TSO before publication.
Not only did TSO publish its Approved Documents with the full knowledge of the ODPM, but also at no time did the ODPM consider legal action against TSO, contrary to what the article claims.
By way of background, TSO's publication of its own imprint of Approved Documents is under a valid Public Sector Information (PSI) licence and with the full knowledge of ODPM.
This type of activity is encouraged throughout government as part of the Reuse of Public Sector Information regulations.
TSO's publications faithfully represented the information published on the ODPM website between 15 and 31 March. At no stage did TSO introduce any errors into the material.
TSO is printing revised versions of the relevant documents and will send a free copy to all customers that have already purchased them.
We are very conscious of the importance of information to our customers and will ensure that all information contained in a document carrying a TSO imprint is entirely reliable.
Unsubstantiated and inaccurate accusations of the kind that appeared in your article damage TSO's reputation.
Richard Dell, chief operating officer, TSO