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Volume 175: debated on Monday 2 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what criteria he uses when deciding which documents to pass on to the Public Record Office.

The Employment Department group complies with the guidelines issued by the Public Record Office on the selection of documents for permanent preservation. Decisions on which documents are transferred to the Public Record Office for this purpose are taken in consultation with Public Record Office inspecting officers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what systems he employs to classify, log and otherwise record each document generated by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

The Employment Department group does not necessarily record each document raised. Instead, all documents are filed using widely accepted filing conventions in accordance with the relevant instructions.