§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what special training is given to persons who have responsibility for assessing the historical significance of documents held by his Department. 
§ Mr. Jack
Training in assessing the historical significance of departmental records is carried out under the guidance of the Keeper of Public Records. It is provided in a number of different ways, including courses on the appraisal of records and through conferences and seminars arranged by the Public Record Office. Additionally, reviewers receive desk training from visiting Public Record Office staff who constantly monitor appraisal criteria and decisions.