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Preservation and destruction of historical records explored

17 July 2014

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) holds a one-off public evidence session to scrutinise the adequacy of Civil Service wide systems, processes and guidance on the preservation and destruction of historical records.

The Committee takes evidence from two panels of information management specialists, and those involved in the management of civil service files. Following the loss and destruction of files at the Home Office relating to allegations of child sex abuse, the Committee is looking at how record management works across Government and whether similar issues could arise in other departments.


Tuesday 22 July, Committee Room 16


  • Clem Brohier, Acting Chief Executive, National Archives,
  • Carol Tullo, Director of Information, Policy and Services, National Archives
  • Scott McPherson, Director, Law, Rights, and International, Ministry of Justice
  • Simon Marsh, Head of Information Strategy, Policy and Practice, Ministry of Defence


  • Dr Caroline Shenton, Director of Parliamentary Archives, Houses of Parliament
  • Kim Barata, Head of Information and Records Management Service, Houses of Parliament 

Particular issues to be explored

  • How governance and accountability of records management works in the Civil Service;
  • The adequacy of systems and processes in place to preserve or appropriately destroy historical files; and
  • The changing nature of records management, including the move towards digital files.

@CommonsPASC will be live tweeting the session, using the #CSFiles hashtag.

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