The Public Records Act 1958 places responsibility for the management of public records on departments. The Public Records Act also provides for the deposit of records in places other than The National Archives.
Lord Chancellor’s Code of Practice on the management of records (2009) acknowledges that records are now in several business systems and expects them to be managed in a certain way.
Records management, is the practice of maintaining the records of an organisation from the time they are created up to their eventual disposal. This may include classifying, storing, securing, and destruction (or in some cases, archival preservation) of records.