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Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th July 2020.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many documents held by Government that were relevant to the 1984 attack on the Golden Temple, Amritsar have been destroyed.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

No centrally held files, produced by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) South Asia Department or diplomatic network in India, that relate to the 1984 attack on the Golden Temple in Amritsar, have been destroyed or identified for destruction under the Public Records Act. The FCO reviews all of its files in compliance with the Act and files of permanent historical value are transferred to The National Archives.

A wider check on the titles of destroyed files belonging to other FCO departments or across wider government is not possible due to the disproportionate cost this would incur because the information is not held centrally.

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