§ SIR C. DILKE (Gloucester, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in order to give greater freedom to students, it would be possible to assimilate the Home Office practice with regard to historical records to that of the Foreign Office, under which correspondence up to 1830 can be inspected subject to some restrictions?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir M. WHITE RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
I have been looking into the whole question, and have made inquiries of other departments as to their practice. The matter is somewhat complicated, but I hope it will be possible to make arrangements in the direction of relaxing the present rules.