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Wednesday 22 February 2017

News: A further 300 'closed' Government files released

On 4 January 2012, the Scottish Government and the National Records of Scotland (NRS) made available around 300 Government files which would previously have remained closed for 30 years.

The Scottish Government and NRS are continuing the process of releasing files up to 15 years earlier than had previously been the case following Scottish Ministers' decision in June 2009 to reduce restrictions on 'historical' records. The January 2012 release follows on from earlier file release exercises, the first of which occurred in September 2009. In total, around 12,000 files have been released under this initiative since 2009, covering the period from 1979 to 1995.

Image showing the Historical Swearch Room at the National Records of Scotland

Files released in January 2012, which mostly date from 1996, cover topics as diverse as Prestwick Airport, flood prevention, whisky taxation and E.coli in Lanarkshire.

Requests to view files from the 2012 release list should be made to the Historical Search Room from Thursday 5 January (

If you do not have a current reader's ticket, please see how to obtain a ticket and what preparations to make on our preparing to visit page.

Please note that these files are held off-site and at least one working day's notice is required for production in the Historical Search Room.

The list of the files released in 2012 can be viewed in PDF or Rich Text Format:

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