Records Management in Parliament

The Parliamentary Archives provides a shared records management and archives service to the administrations of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords and their staff are not subject to parliamentary records management policy and practice.

The Records Management team ensures processes and procedures are in place to manage records systematically from the time they are created or received by House staff to the time they are either transferred to the Archives or destroyed in accordance with authorised retention schedules. By managing the day-to-day records held by the House administrations, the Records Management team can better ensure that records of historical importance are identified and transferred to the Archives for preservation. The team operates in accordance with good practice as set out by the international standard ISO15489: Records Management and the Lord Chancellor's Code of Practice on the Management of Records under Section 46 of the Freedom of Information Act (2000).

If you have a question regarding records management in Parliament, please contact us on 020 7219 3074 or e-mail archives@parliament.uk. Questions about the holdings of the Parliamentary Archives should be directed to the Archives' enquiry team using the same contact details above.