In November 2014 Sir Alex Allan reported to the Prime Minister on the government’s annual release of papers. The Cabinet Secretary also commissioned him to conduct a review into the government’s strategy for managing digital records and archives.
The review aimed to identify how to ensure the long term integrity of government records and to review:
policies for capturing and managing digital information
policies for selecting, retaining and disposing of digital records and how sensitivity checks are handled
whether these policies are complied with
whether government has the right tools, including technology, and resources
whether government has the right skills and capacity
It covered records from UK government departments but not from the Scottish, Welsh or Northern Ireland governments or the intelligence agencies.