HL Deb 15 April 2002 vol 633 c135WA
Baroness Anelay of St Johns

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they will publish the national achives Bill; and what its objective will be. [HL3569]

The Lord Chancellor

The Government have at this stage no plans to publish a national archives Bill. I am considering whether we should review the present provision for the safe keeping of records, especially in the light of the rapid growth in the use of digital media for creating and storing records. A proposal to put forward a Bill to revise present legislation relating to archives and to the management of records is a possible outcome but it is too early to say whether this will happen or what the objectives of such a Bill might be.

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