Written statement to Parliament

Public Records Update

Foreign Office Minister, David Lidington, informed Parliament of the release of a large collection of colonial administration files

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Rt Hon David Lidington MP

The Minister for Europe Mr David Lidington said:

On 5 May 2011, My Right Honourable Friend the Foreign Secretary informed Parliament of his intention to release to the public every paper from a large collection of colonial administration files, subject only to legal exemptions (Official Report Column 24WS). We remain on target to release these files by the end of 2013. The fifth tranche will be released at The National Archives (TNA) on 26 April 2013 in line with the published timetable on the www.Gov.uk website.

I also wish to inform the House that, following an initial release in 2005, we are making available a second tranche of files from the Permanent Under Secretary’s Department (PUSD) on 23 May 2013. These files cover the years 1939-1951. This transfer of PUSD papers to TNA is part of a twin thematic release alongside a tranche of the Cabinet Secretary’s miscellaneous papers being released by the Cabinet Office. Both sets of papers are intelligence-related and the majority date from the Second World War.

This Government is fully committed to transparency and openness. The release of government records is an important part of our commitment.

Published 25 April 2013