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Public Records (Scotland) Bill passed, 16/03/11 [S]

During the meeting of the Scottish Parliament on 16 March 2011 the Public Records (Scotland) Bill was passed at Stage 3.

The Bill intends to strengthen transparency and accountability, as well as helping to secure the records of vulnerable people.

The Bill was brought forward by the Scottish Government in response to one of the main recommendations of the Historical Abuse Systemic Review (the Shaw Report of 2007). It found that poor record keeping often created difficulties for former residents of residential schools and children's homes, when they attempted in adulthood to trace their records for identity, family or medical reasons.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 16 March 2011 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 16 March 2011
Public Records (Scotland) Bill
Scottish Government news release