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Security Service

Volume 412: debated on Friday 11 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress the Security Service has made in releasing its archives into the public domain since 1 May 1997; and how many files from its archives have been transferred to the Public Records Office since 1 May 1997. [107396]

The Security Service systematically reviews and, if appropriate, releases records in accordance with the criteria agreed with the Public Records Office and endorsed by the Advisory Council on Public Records. Since 1997, a total of 690 files, comprising 1,387 pieces (volumes) have been transferred to the Public Records Office. A further tranche of files are due for release at the end of May 2003.