HC Deb 24 July 2002 vol 389 c1279W
Mr. Andrew Turner

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department for how long she retains documents referred to in parliamentary answers on her Department's website. [72230]

Ms Rosie Winterton

My Department aims to be as helpful as possible in responding to hon. Members' questions. Where it is helpful to refer hon. Members to other documents as part of the substantive reply this may be done by making hard copies of documents available in the Libraries of the House, or by reference to material available on our Departmental website.

My Department aims to ensure that it follows guidance issued by the Office of the e-Envoy "Guidelines for UK Government Websites" and that records are kept for a period appropriate to their use.

The website does not have any local policies which go beyond the requirement set out in the e-Envoy's guidelines but aims to follow Departmental policy on record management, namely that policy documents are subject to first review after five years after the last-dated correspondence, and second review 25 years after first-dated correspondence.