(1) If a controlling public office ceases to exist as a public office, or ceases to exercise a function to which its public records relate, its public records may be transferred to—
(a) the public office that has taken over the responsibilities of the controlling public office for those public records; or
(b) if paragraph (a) does not apply, the public office designated by the Chief Archivist as the public office responsible for those public records.
(2) A public office that takes over responsibilities under subsection (1)(a) must give notice to the Chief Archivist of the transfer of the public records not later than 3 months after the transfer has taken place.
(3) Subsection (1) applies, with the necessary modifications, to local authority records.