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The Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 Print E-mail

The Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 (the Act) places a duty on the Keeper of the Records of Scotland (the Keeper) to prepare a model records management plan (model plan) and guidance, and to consult named public authorities about them.

The Keeper launched his consultation

under the terms of the Act on Friday 24 February 2012. This consultation is open to everyone.


The draft Model Plan and Guidance were prepared in consultation with a Stakeholder Forum, set up for the purpose. The Forum was consulted on all aspects of the content and its work has now concluded. This met a commitment made by Scottish Ministers to Parliament, during the committee stages of the Bill, about pursuing a collaborative approach that drew on best practice.

The present consultation on the draft Model Plan and Guidance will run for a period of 12 weeks until 18 May 2012 and continues the process of joint development.

The consultation is available via the Scottish Government website:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Consultations/Current or by visiting the National Records of Scotland website directly:


Having looked at the consultation versions of the draft Model Plan and Guidance, you can comment using the on-line respondent information form.

It is important that those likely to be affected by the Act are aware of the existence of the draft Model Plan and Guidance and participate in its development. The public consultation provides an opportunity for further refinement and the Keeper welcomes your comments.