Thursday, 17 March 2011

Scottish public records bill passed by Parliament

The Scottish Parliament has unanimously passed the new Public Records (Scotland) Bill, the first major piece of Scottish public records legislation in 70 years.

The bill was drawn up on the back of a report produced in 2007 entitled "Historical Abuse Systemic Review: Residential Schools and Children’s Homes in Scotland 1950 and 1995", which showed how poor record keeping had created difficulties for many former residents of residential schools and children's homes, when as adults they attempted to trace their backgrounds for identity, family or medical reasons. All bodies keeping such records, including those subcontracted by relevant authorities, will now have to better implement procedures for the care of such records, under the guidance and scrutiny of the Keeper of the Records of Scotland.

For the full news announcement from the National Archives of Scotland, visit

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