Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (848)

Arthur Morgan


966 Mr. Morgan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of files in his Department released to the National Archives under the 30 year rule; the number withheld; the subject matter of the files withheld; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1581/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

In accordance with the requirements of the National Archives Act 1986 a total of approximately 90,071 of my Department's files dated up the end of 1969 have, in compliance with the 30-year requirement, been transferred to the National Archives.

A small number of files dealing with exhumation licences and certain local authority personnel files — those dealing with disciplinary matters — have been retained.

In an arrangement with the National Archives, further files are being transferred in three year tranches and to this end a further 11,000 files to cover the years 1970, 1971 and 1972 are currently being examined and prepared for transfer to the National Archives later this year.