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Abbreviations in official publications


ACAS Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service
ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations


BCS British Crime Survey
BNSC British National Space Centre
BOPCAS British Official Publications Current Awareness Service
BRC British Retail Consortium
BSO Business Statistics Office


C Command Paper (1870-1899)
CC Competition Commission
CCTA Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency
Cd Command paper (1900-1918)
CDC Commonwealth Development Corporation
CEPAL Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Ch Chapter
Cm Command paper (1986-)
Cmd Command paper (1919-1956)
Cmnd Command paper (1956-1986)
COI Central Office of Communication
Central Statistical Office


DCA Department for Constitutional Affairs
DCMS Department for Culture, Media and Sport
DEFRA Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
DES Department of Education and Science
DETR Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
DFE Department for Education
DfEE Department for Education and Employment
DfES Department for Education and Skills
DFID Department for International Development
DfT Department for Transport
DH Department of Health
DHSS Department of Health and Social Security
DSA Driving Standards Agency
DSS Department of Social Security
DTI Department of Trade and Industry
DTLR Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions
DWI Drinking Water Inspectorate
DWP Department for Work and Pensions


ECA Economic Commission for Africa
ECE Economic Commission for Europe
ECLAC Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
EFTA European Free Trade Association
EN Explanatory Note
EOC Equal Opportunities Commission
ESCAP Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia


FAO Food and Agriculture Organization
FCO Foreign and Commonwealth Office


GHS General Household Survey


HA Highways Agency
HCP House of Commons paper
HLP House of Lords paper
HMIP Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution
HMRC HM Revenue and Customs
HMSO His/Her Majesty's Stationery Office
HO Home Office
HSC Health and Safety Commission
Health and Safety Executive


IEA International Energy Agency
IFAD International Fund for Agriculture and Development
IFC International Finance Corporation
IGS Institute of Geological Sciences
ILO International Labour Office
ILO International Labour Organization
IMF International Monetary Fund


LC Law Commission
LCD Lord Chancellor's Department
LFS Labour Force Survey


MAFF Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
MAIB Marine Accident Investigation Branch
MOD Ministry of Defence
MMC Monopolies and Mergers Commission
MPG Minerals Planning Guidance
MSA Marine Safety Agency
Manpower Services Commission


NAO National Audit Office
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NCB National Coal Board
NCC National Consumer Council
NEA Nuclear Energy Agency
NEDO National Economic Development Office
NRA National Rivers Authority


ODPM Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OFFER Office Of Electricity Regulation
OFGAS Office of Gas Supply
OFGEM Office of Gas and Electricity Markets
OFSTED Office for Standards in Education
OFT Office of Fair Trading
OFTEL Office of Telecommunications
OFWAT Office of Water Services
ONS Office for National Statistics
OPCS Office of Population, Censuses and Surveys


PG Process Guidance
PGA Public General Act
PPG Planning Policy Guidance


RPG Regional Planning Guidance


SEAC School Examinations and Assessment Council
SI Statutory Instrument
Strategic Rail Authority


TSO The Stationery Office


UKOP United Kingdom Official Publications
UN United Nations
UNDP United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Environment Programme


W Written answer (Commons Hansard)
WA Written answer (Lords Hansard)
WH Westminster Hall (Commons Hansard)
Written ministerial statement (Commons Hansard)