National Archives

An executive agency

Requests to the National Archives can be made for:

  • information in the archives that was transferred to the National Archives from other government departments
  • information from the National Archive's own administrative records

Around 5% of the National Archives' records are available online.

A Freedom of Information request can be used to require the National Archives to consider if a "closed" record should remain closed, and to obtain a copy if it is deemed appropriate to release it*.

The National Archives has a record copying service which can be used to obtain digital copies of documents, not previously digitised, for a fee. Freedom of Information law does not provide a route for avoiding these fees as the exemption applying to information accessible by other means will usually apply - though that exemption is subject to a reasonableness test.

The National Archives is also the place to file FOI requests to the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) and Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO).
Requests for information held by The London Gazette, The Belfast Gazette or The Edinburgh Gazette should be made to the National Archives.
The National Archives was formally known as the Public Records Office.
Regulations allow the National Archives to make charges in respect of some requests for information. Requestors will be notified in advance if a charge is payable.

233 requests
Cost of 1921 Census
Response by National Archives to Peter Carpenter on .

Awaiting response.

Dear Peter Carpenter,   Thank you for your information request to The National Archives. We are handling your request and have given it reference nu...
Dear Jon Hipperholme,   Thank you for your information request to The National Archives. We are handling your request and have given it reference nu...
Dear Dr Hancock-Child, Thank you for your email. I'm afraid that I'm not able to comment on how long it might take or the likelihood of a document bei...
Database, codebase, & API for legislation.gov.uk etc.
Response by National Archives to Sai on .

Delayed.

Dear Sai,   Thank you for your information request to The National Archives. We are handling your request and have given it reference number CAS-820...
Communications & Services
Response by National Archives to Daniel Leonard on .

Successful.

Dear Mr. Leonard,   Thank you for your enquiry of 23^rd March 2021, in which you asked for information about telephony, unified communications and c...
Contract award of 1921 Census
Response by National Archives to Joe Hipperholme on .

Partially successful.

Dear Mr Hipperholme, Thank you for your enquiry of 28/10/2021, in which you asked for information regarding the contract for Digitisation and Licenc...
Nuclear Ship Propulsion Study Group
Response by National Archives to ROSSA MCPHILLIPS on .

Withdrawn by the requester.

Dear Rossa McPhillips, Thank you for your enquiry of 27/06/2021 15:10 regarding a review of: AB 41/156  We are pleased to tell you that, in consu...
Dear Mrs. Meadows, Thank you for your enquiry of 30^th September 2021 in which you asked for the documentation concerning the accreditation of Suffo...
Dear Mr Muller, Thank you for your enquiry of 19^th August, 2020 regarding access to:   FCO 36/1301 - Citizenship of Southern Rhodesia and Britis...
Rendlesham Forest UFO sightings
Response by National Archives to Jolijn Sterk on .

Awaiting classification.

Dear Jolijn Sterk, Thank you for contacting The National Archives of the United Kingdom. We may have records relating to your enquiry and the way t...
Nuclear Ship Propulsion Study groups
Response by National Archives to ROSSA MCPHILLIPS on .

Withdrawn by the requester.

Dear Rossa McPhillips,   Thankyou for your email of 25 August 2021 asking us to withdraw your FOI request for AB 41/157 (our reference CAS-69230) wh...
Nuclear marine propulsion: correspondence
Response by National Archives to ROSSA MCPHILLIPS on .

Withdrawn by the requester.

Dear Rossa McPhillips,   Thank you for your information request to The National Archives. We are handling your request and have given it reference n...
Marine Propulsion: correspondence and reports
Response by National Archives to ROSSA MCPHILLIPS on .

Withdrawn by the requester.

Dear Rossa McPhillips, Thank you for your enquiry of 27/06/2021 regarding a review of: AB 38/714 AB 64/921  AB 41/157 AB 41/156 We are hand...
Dear FOI Requests, Please withdraw my request to see these files. The time specified does not fit in with my deadline. Thank you for your time in rev...
PREM3 - 252 Group Section 5
Response by National Archives to Malcolm Kenworthy on .

Partially successful.

Dear Mr. Kenworthy, Thank you for contacting The National Archives of the United Kingdom. Please first bear in mind that we are currently closed to...
NA PR Aug 16 - Dec 16
Follow up sent to National Archives by JJ Evans on .

Awaiting classification.

Dear foienquiry, Is there a particular reason as to why you have re-sent this? Yours sincerely, JJ Evans
Details of your contacts with Stonewall
Response by National Archives to Tom Killick on .

Successful.

Dear Mr Killick, Thank you for your enquiry of 18^th June 2021, in which you asked for the following information about Stonewall programmes at The N...
Sub Lt D J Bingham RN, convicted of spying for the Soviet Union (DEFE 69/200)
Internal review request sent to National Archives by ROSSA MCPHILLIPS on .

Awaiting internal review.

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews. I am writing to request an internal review of National Archives's hand...
Sub Lt D J Bingham RN, convicted of spying for the Soviet Union (DEFE 69/199)
Internal review request sent to National Archives by ROSSA MCPHILLIPS on .

Awaiting internal review.

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews. I am writing to request an internal review of National Archives's hand...
Please ignore this request. I understand that you do not hold this information. Yours faithfully, ROSSA MCPHILLIPS MBE
Ethiopia-Sudan Boundary Records
Response by National Archives to F. G. Haile on .

Partially successful.

Dear F. G. Haile, Thank you for contacting The National Archives of the United Kingdom. We may have records relating to your enquiry and the way to...
SSBN Security Sub-Committee (DEFE 69/205)
Response by National Archives to ROSSA MCPHILLIPS on .

Information not held.

Dear Rossa, Thank you for your enquiry of 01/06/2021 regarding a review of:   DEFE 69/205 - SSBN Security Sub-Committee The National Archives has...
Dear Rossa, Thank you for your enquiry of 01/06/2021 regarding a review of:   DEFE 69/88 - Additional staff for Directorate of Naval Security for...
Dear Mr Kelly,    Please find attached our response to your request for an internal review into our handling of your FOI request for access to the f...
Managing Information Disclosure Requests
Response by National Archives to Mr Owen on .

Successful.

Dear Mr Owen,       Thank you for your enquiry of  5^th January 2021, in which you asked for information on FOI, SAR and DPA/GDPR software solutions...

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