§ Mr. Speaker
I understand the custom has grown up for a Member to ask for his Question to be withdrawn if it is not reached, but I understood that the hon. Gentleman's Question was definitely withdrawn.
§ Mr. H. Brooke
The documents concerned were, on examination in 1935, considered to be not public records or 1082 State papers but part of the Sovereign's private family archives. They were accordingly transferred, with the written authority of the then Master of the Rolls and the then Secretary of State for the Home Department, from the Public Record Office to the Royal Archives at Windsor, where they now remain and where, it is understood, they are not open to inspection.
§ Mr. Hyde
Is my right hon. Friend aware that these papers arrived at the Public Record Office over a hundred years ago from the old State Paper Office, and that they remained there for the best part of a century, where they were seen by the public? Will he make it clear now that they were eventually transferred to Windsor, not on account of the nature of their contents but because of their character?