Explanatory Notes to Act of Parliament [from Print source using APA 5th ed.]


Explanatory Notes, although issued by the Office of Public Sector Information in conjunction with Acts of Parliament, categorically state:

They do not form part of the Act and have not been endorsed by Parliament.

Standard Form

Corporate Author/s. (year). Title of book. Place of publication: Publisher.


Building Regulations Approved Documents
Approved Document B – Fire safety: 2006 edition (amended 2010) originally approved for the purposes of the Building Regulations 2000, table 3.

Department for Education and Skills. (2006). Children and Adoption Act 2006: Explanatory notes. London: H.M.S.O.

The name of the corporate body responsible for the note usually appears in the first paragraph of the note itself.

Home Office and the Northern Ireland Office. (2000). Terrorism Act 2000: Explanatory notes. London: H.M.S.O.

Citation in Text

... suitable contact activities (Department for Education and Skills, 2006, p. 3) ...

... definition of terrorism strictly limited (Home Office, 2000, s. 1 para 10) ...

... fire safety practices ("Approved Document B - Fire safety", 2010, table 3) ...


  • Any use of the title of an Act should remain capitalised as in the original.
  • You may pinpoint your references to Explanatory Notes by page number, or by internal numbering of the document, but it is best to stick consistently with one or the other in order not to confuse your reader.
  • Building Regulations Approved Documents contain practical guidance relating to requirements contained in the Regulations, and can be treated in the same way as Explanatory Notes.