Bombings: Guildford

Home Office written question – answered on 6th April 2020.

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Photo of Colum Eastwood Colum Eastwood Social Democratic and Labour Party, Foyle

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason her Department has reclassified more than 600 files relating to the 1974 Provisional IRA Guildford pub bombings resulting in some files remaining closed for an additional 84 to 100 years.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Minister of State, Home Department

These files have not been reclassified. The files were held as a single collection with a closed status at The National Archives and a review date of 2019.

Following review of the files, it was decided that it was necessary to apply to extend the closure periods. The Freedom of Information Act exemptions engaged can be found by searching individual records at: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C3043

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