Further to the answer given on 20 July 2009, Official Report, column 809W, the Government Office for the North West records about the Central Manchester Development Corporation were destroyed in accordance with the disposal agreement approved by the departmental records officer. These records were not considered appropriate for transfer to the National Archives or presentation to another place of deposit under the terms of the Public Records Act 1958.
The Department's policy for the management of all public records follows the responsibilities set out in the Public Records Act 1958 and subsequent guidance and advice from the National Archives. As non departmental public bodies development corporations have responsibility for their own records management policy.
The Development Corporations will have arrangements for the records they hold. All records in the Department, including those relating to the London Thames Gateway, Thurrock Thames Gateway and the West Northamptonshire Development Corporations, are managed in accordance with existing policies and procedures.
There are appropriate arrangements in place for retention and disposal.