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Central Manchester Development Corporation: Archives

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to answer to the hon. Member for Vauxhall of 20 July 2009, Official Report, column 809W, on the Central Manchester Development Corporation: archives, who authorised the secure disposal of the records of the Central Manchester Development Corporation; and whether any consideration was given to donating the records to (a) the municipal records office, (b) the National Archives or (c) an educational institution. (294532)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to answer to the hon. Member for Vauxhall of 20 July 2009, Official Report, column 809W, on the Central Manchester Development Corporation: archives, what his Department's policy is on the disposal of (a) records and (b) other archived material of each development corporation. (294533)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Vauxhall of 20 July 2009, Official Report, column 809W, on the Central Manchester Development Corporation: archives, what arrangements there are for archiving historic records of the (a) London Thames Gateway, (b) Thurrock Thames Gateway and (c) West Northamptonshire Development Corporation; and what disposal authorities are in place for the records of each body. (294534)

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.