Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (848)

Arthur Morgan

Question:

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.