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Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 27th February 2006.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs why there has been a delay in the publication of advice on (a) the 100 year census closure policy and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and (b) the Bird's Custard case; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Minister of State (Department of Constitutional Affairs), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The information is as follows.

(a) The reasons for the Government's policy to release decennial census returns after a period of 100 years were set out in full by the hon. member for Tottenham in an adjournment debate on 29 March 2004, Hansard, columns 1394–1402. Members of the public who request access to the 1911 census returns at the National Archives are given an explanation of this policy and, if appropriate, are advised of their rights of appeal under the Freedom of Information Act.

(b) Since January 2005 the National Archives has denied five requests to access information contained in the 1911 census relating to Tudor Grange, Blossomfield Road, Solihull, and to Sir Alfred Bird and his family.

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