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Department for International Development written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Alan Beith Alan Beith Chair, Justice Committee, Chair, Liaison Committee (Commons), Chair, Liaison Committee (Commons), Chair, National Policy Statements Sub-Committee, Chair, Justice Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what targets have been set for the release of her Department's material to the National Archives; what progress has been made in meeting those targets; and how many staff in her Department are engaged in reviewing records for that purpose.

Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne The Minister of State, Department for International Development

DFID’s target is to transfer records selected for permanent preservation to The National Archives in accordance with the transitional timetable for the implementation of the 20 year rule.

All 1076 records remaining from 1985/1986 have been reviewed in the current calendar year with 426 selected for transfer. It is expected that only a very small number of these will not be transferred by the end of the year due to the sensitivity of the contents.

Three members of DFID staff are involved in the review process.

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