Independent report

Government digital records and archives review by Sir Alex Allan

Sir Alex Allan reviewed the government’s strategy for managing its digital records and archives.



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.

Published 17 December 2015