Freedom From Information Act?

Ben Fenton of the Daily Telegraph reports that half of the Foreign Office's files from 30 years ago have yet to be released "apparently because archivists have not had time to catalogue it yet".

Fenton argues that before the Freedom of Information Act came into power in 2005, relevant files were released under the 30-year rule as a complete body: "Now, however, the releases are done piecemeal, meaning that secret material relating to controversial issues from three decades ago may escape public attention permanently".

He sees this as "another way in which the Freedom from Information Act has created additional means for Whitehall to divert potentially embarrassing material from the public gaze".

Freedom to conceal Information (Ben Fenton's blog)