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Public Records

Justice written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of David Anderson David Anderson Labour, Blaydon

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) if he will publish a list of records of papers that have been retained for an extended period on the grounds of risk of prejudice to national security which were subsequently released;

(2) on which occasions papers have been withheld for more than 30 years under section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 since implementation of that Act;

(3) on which occasions papers have been withheld for over 30 years under the Public Records Act 1958.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

Central records are not held listing the total number of papers that have been retained under the Public Records Act 1958 (PRA) for an extended period (including on national security grounds) and subsequently released, or the number of occasions papers have been withheld for more than 30 years under section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Therefore it would be possible to provide any part of this information only at disproportionate cost following research undertaken by all bodies subject to the PRA and FOIA.

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