HC Deb 05 December 1985 vol 88 cc323-4W
129 Mr. Madel

asked the Prime Minister whether she has yet reached any conclusions as to whether it will be necessary to withhold any Cabinet papers of 1956 on grounds of national security when it is time to publish them under the 30–year rule; and if she will make a statement.

The Prime Minister

Under the provisions of section 5(1) of the Public Records Act 1958 as amended by the Public Records Act 1967, official records of 1956 will be available for public inspection in the Public Records Office by January 1987, unless the Lord Chancellor has by then prescribed that they should be withheld for a longer period. In accordance with normal practice, any applications for approval to withhold Cabinet or other records on any of the criteria laid down by the Lord Chancellor will not be considered by him Until nearer the time.

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