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Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Disclosure of Information

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 7647, tabled on 24 January 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason document FCO 93/1981 has not been released to the National Archives; and if he will place a copy of the document into the library.

Answered on

31 January 2020

‚ÄčFCO 93/1981 is a 1979 Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) file entitled "Sale of military equipment from the USA to Jordan". It was released in full with no redactions to The National Archives (TNA) in January 2010. The FCO, like other government departments, is responsible for selecting its archive records for permanent preservation in line with the requirements of the Public Records Act. Records selected for permanent preservation are transferred to TNA where they are available to members of the public, subject to any legal exemptions.