D. M.; J. L. H.
March 1992
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Spring92, Vol. 57 Issue 1, p2
Academic Journal
The article comments on reform of public records legislation in Great Britain. It is, however, unfortunate that the main focus of attention has been the thirty-year rule, governing the conventional period for which state records are subject to closure. Chris Cook, has called for a Historian's Charter, which would replace the thirty-year rule with one extending for twenty years. But contemporary historians can only hope to produce the first rough draft of history. However, Cook's call for bringing into the public domain the papers of the secret services and his proposal that fifty years might become the maximum period for the closure of any records has been endorsed.


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