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Official Communications

Volume 33: debated on Monday 6 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for how long official communications from other Governments are retained by his office before being deposited as public records; whether this procedure applies to all such communications; and whether any change in this practice has been made since 1 May.

Official communications from other Governments are dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Public Records Acts 1958 and 1967. These do not allow for any change in practice.