Departmental Records: Archives

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 3rd July 2019.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the arrangements for preserving departmental archives; and when the Cabinet Secretary last reviewed record management practices.

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The National Archives monitors departments’ compliance with the Public Records Act 1958 and progress towards transition to the 20 year rule. The Chief Executive and Keeper updates the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport annually on the 20 year rule transition and engages with the Cabinet Secretary and Permanent Secretaries where necessary.

John Manzoni wrote to all other Permanent Secretaries in January 2019 to brief them about digital records management.

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