§ Mr. H. JONES
asked the Home Secretary whether the public records removed from Wales since the passing of the Public Records Act, 1838, are still preserved in the Public Record Office, Chancery Lane; and, if so, when it is proposed to carry out the unanimous recommendation of the Royal Commission on Public Records that. His Majesty's Government should take steps for the transfer of the records formerly preserved in the principality of Wales to a record office for Wales?
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part, I should not be prepared to recommend the transfer of these records elsewhere if any increased expenditure of public money would be involved. In any case, I understand that opinion is by no means unanimous on the very important points, first, whether removal from London would make the documents more accessible to those who desire to consult them and, secondly, what place in Wales should be chosen to receive them.