HC Deb 06 July 1965 vol 715 c191W
35. Mr. Newens

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is satisfied that sufficient effort is now being made by authorities in all parts of the country to preserve local historical archives; and if he will issue a circular to local authorities on this subject.

Mr. MacColl

County councils and county borough councils have made excellent progress in building up records departments. My right hon. Friend is sure they need no encouragement to further effort in this direction other than is already given in the Department's Circular No. 44 of 1962, issued when the Local Government (Records) Act, 1962, came into operation. He hopes that other local authorities will make increasing use of these departments for depositing their records on the lines advised in the circular, and he is grateful to his hon. Friend for giving him the opportunity of reminding them of the advantages of this arrangement.