Who we are
The Scottish Records Advisory Council is a statutory body
established under the Public Records (Scotland) Act, 1937.
Its function is to advise Scottish Ministers, the Lord President
and Lord Justice General on matters relating to the custody,
preservation, indexing and cataloguing of the records of Scotland
and to act as a channel of response about services and facilities
provided for public access to these. Originally this duty
related largely to the work of the Scottish Record Office
(now the National Archives of Scotland), but since the Keeper's
role has expanded greatly in recent years, the Council has
also extended its brief to cover all public records in Scotland,
including those of local authorities, NHS Trusts and higher
education institutions. The Council also considers the relationship
between the NAS and owners of important private collections.
Its remit was extended in 2002 to include the application
of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act to information
in records held by the Keeper of the Records of Scotland.
What we do
The Council meets at least twice a year (generally in April
and October) to discuss issues of current relevance to Scottish
archives and to review record-keeping practice in Scotland.
The Council have made proposals to the former Secretary of
State for Scotland and more recently to the Deputy First Minister
and Minister for Justice for new archive legislation and discussions
on data protection legislation and the training of archivists
in Scotland. The Council has also provided valuable comment
on consultation papers 'An Open Scotland: Freedom of Information'
the subsequent 'Freedom of Information: Consultation on
Draft Legislation' and 'Appointments to Public Bodies
in Scotland' and to the Scottish Executive's National
Cultural Strategy document. The Council submits an annual
report to Scottish Ministers which is published in the National
Archives of Scotland Annual Report.