Public Records Act 1967

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The Public Records Act 1967[1]
Citation 1967 c. 44
Dates
Royal assent 14 July 1967
Commencement 1 January 1968[2]
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Public Records Act 1967 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed during Harold Wilson's Labour government.

The Act amended the Public Records Act 1958 by reducing the period whereby public records (apart from those deemed "sensitive" by the Lord Chancellor) were closed to the public from fifty years to thirty years, the "thirty year rule". It took effect on 1 January 1968.[3][4]

The effect of the Act was to make the public records of the First World War available, but the records from the Second World War did not become available until 1972.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Short title as conferred by s. 2 of the Act
  2. ^ The Public Records Act 1967, section 2(2)
  3. ^ The Public Records Act 1967, section 2(2)
  4. ^ History of the Public Records Acts
  5. ^ History of the Public Records Acts