HC Deb 23 March 1970 vol 798 c286W
Mr. Higgins

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the length of time during which his Department retains correspondence from individual members of the public regarding their entitlement to State benefits.

Mr. Ennals

The minimum period of retention is one year after action on the correspondence has been completed. Further retention after that period varies according to the nature of the correspondence and the benefit concerned.