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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02431: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many and (b) what percentage of records in the Scottish National Archives have been withdrawn as unfit for production in each year since 2007.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 15 September 2016

National Records of Scotland holds over 80 linear km of archive material comprising millions of individual items in a wide variety of formats. 7562 of these items are currently marked as “unfit for production” and a further 1494 are marked as “record at risk”. Annual figures are not kept. As the national archives holdings are measured in linear kilometres, it is not possible to express these items as a percentage of the total collection.