The Lord Chancellor is responsible for The National Archives. The Keeper of Public Records and his own department (the Ministry of Justice) advise him in this area. For independent advice on general archival practice and policy and questions relating to access to public records he relies on his Advisory Council on National Records and Archives.
The Advisory Council's role
The council advises the Lord Chancellor about public access to records and the care of archives and manuscripts. It has no role in the running of The National Archives.
The council meets four times a year. Its main task is to advise on public access for historical records at the point of transfer to The National Archives, and to advise on requests by departments to keep their records. The council also forms several ad hoc panels of three members throughout the year to advise on the public interest when government departments want to keep historical records closed under some Freedom of Information exemptions in response to Freedom of Information requests received at The National Archives.
The Advisory Council also looks at the corporate plan of The National Archives and its targets; the allocation of historical papers accepted against tax; the sale of archives; public services provided by other archives; how archives care for records and papers and the level of fees.
The Advisory Council reports to the Lord Chancellor every year in a report which is published with the annual report of The National Archives.
Advisory Council reports
The Advisory Council on National Records and Archives advises the Lord Chancellor on all matters relating to archives, manuscripts and records. Below are the Council's third and fourth annual reports of its work:
- Download the Advisory Council report 2005-2006 (PDF, 48.16kb)
- Download the Advisory Council report 2006-2007 (PDF, 50.15kb)
- Download the Advisory Council report 2007-2008 (PDF, 47.40kb)
If you have any questions about the Advisory Council or would like to make a Freedom of Information request please contact :
Ms Lale Ozdemir
Advisory Council on National Records and Archives
The National Archives
Surrey TW9 4DU
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8392 5377
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