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Ministry of Justice: Public Records

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 221710, tabled on 14 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many records his Department holds that have reached the time limit for their transfer to the National Archives but have not been transferred.

Answered on

21 February 2019

At 18th February 2019, the total number of outstanding records awaiting transfer to The National Archives from the Ministry was 4,779.

The Ministry is fully committed to meeting its legal obligations under the Public Records Act 1958 and the requirements set out in the 20-year transition rule and will do so by the end of the transition period in 2023.

The Ministry of Justice reviews over 30,000 Crown Court, Court of Appeal and policy records each year to fulfil its statutory obligations of selecting records for permanent preservation.