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Scottish Cabinet papers released Files from 2003 now open to public.

Scottish Cabinet papers released Files from 2003 now open to public.

Tuesday, 1 Jan 2019
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From 1 January, files opened for the first time at National Records of Scotland reveal Scottish Cabinet discussions in 2003.

The records cover the Scottish Parliament elections which saw Jack McConnell return as First Minister of a Labour/Liberal Democrat Scottish Executive. Included in the files are discussions about striking firefighters, regeneration of the Clyde waterfront, and the potential domestic impact of the Iraq War.

The Cabinet papers, plus other files, are made available to the public as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to proactively release archived records after 15 years.

Welcoming the latest releases, Paul Lowe, Chief Executive of NRS and Keeper of the Records of Scotland, said:

 “These records are important for our understanding of our recent history as well as the fabric of our society. Preserving our records and making them available to the wider public is one of the most important aspects of our work here at National Records of Scotland.

“It’s fascinating to see the range of important issues covered in 2003 ranging from discussions on civil partnerships to child protection and cultural policy in Scotland.”


Following the New Year public holiday, these newly opened files will be available to view in our public search room from Thursday 3 January. The Cabinet files will be available in digital format. The other paper files can be seen in January without the need to pre-order. Details can be found in the file list below. The full list of files released in 2019  can be viewed in PDF. (208 KB PDF)

Please note that you will need a current reader’s ticket to see files in our search room. Details on how to obtain a reader’s ticket and what preparations to make can be found on the Visit Us page of our website.