Scottish Cabinet papers released

Files from 2003 now open to public.

Files opened for the first time at National Records Scotland (NRS) show details of Scottish Cabinet discussions in 2003.

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

These papers are made available to the public as part of the Scottish Government’s proactive commitment to releasing 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 the 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.”

Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans Graeme Dey said:

“The vast resource of information that’s been made available for members of the public to view at the NRS, as well as the wealth of documents which have been published on our website, shows the Scottish Government’s commitment to openness and transparency.

 “I am sure that these newly opened files will make for fascinating reading.” 


Information on the files will be available on the NRS website.


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