Foreign Office Minister David Lidington has announced to Parliament the date for the release of the first batch of colonial administration files held by the Foreign Office.
“In my statement to the House on 5 December 2011 about the colonial administration files held by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, I informed the House that the first batch of files would be available at The National Archives (TNA) in April 2012. I am pleased to be able to confirm that those files will be open to the public from 18 April.
This first batch will include files from Aden, Anguilla, Bechuanaland, Brunei, British Indian Ocean Territories, Sarawak, Seychelles and Malaya as well as the first tranche of papers from Basutoland, Bahamas, Kenya and Cyprus.
Following the schedule approved by Professor Badger, the Independent Reviewer for the Migrated Archives of colonial administration files, the remaining files will be released progressively over the next 20 months. A timetable has been published on the FCO’s website. The aim is to have all the material available for public view at The National Archives at Kew by the end of 2013.”