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Thursday 23 February 2017

News: Hundreds of 'closed' Government files released

From 3 January 2013 the Scottish Government and the National Records of Scotland (NRS) will make available almost 400 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 2013 release follows on from earlier file release exercises, the first of which occurred in September 2009. In total, more than 12,000 files have been released under this initiative since 2009, covering the period from 1979-1997.

Image showing Scottish Government building, Victoria Quay.

Files released in 2013, which mostly date from 1997, cover topics as diverse as E.coli in Lanarkshire, vetting of adults working with children, 'Higher Still' exams, and the setting up of the University of the Highlands and Islands. Files from earlier years include those on nuclear power and the Papal visit to Scotland in 1982.

Requests to view files from the 2013 release list should be made to the Historical Search Room from Thursday 3 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 2013 can be viewed in PDF or Rich Text Format:

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