The council advises the Lord Chancellor on issues around public records over 30 years old, including public access to records when they’re transferred to the National Archives. The council also advises on requests by government departments to keep hold of their records and on public interest issues when a department wants to keep their records closed.

ACNRA is an advisory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/advisorycouncil/default.htm