February 2014


In the course of your request, you asked three questions, the first two of which have been handled by Remote Enquiries.

The third question, which is a request for our corporate information has been handled by the FOI Centre, under case reference - F0037719.

3…Has the National Archives ever exchanged correspondence and communications (including emails) with the Home Office and or any police force  which in any way  relates to the transfer to the National Archives of  material relating  to the disappearance of Ms Christie, the search for her and her subsequent re-appearance.  If so can you please provide copies of correspondence and communications (including emails).
As confirmed by the response provided to you by the Remote Enquiries Team, there is one file on our Catalogue which relates specifically to the topic of Agatha Christie's disappearance. This is HO 45/25904 POLICE: Agatha Christie: search by police and civilian volunteers when her car was found abandoned; 1927.


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The file was transferred to The National Archives on 15 October 1991 and we have carried out a search of our corporate files, from this period, to establish if we hold the information you have requested.

We have located the communications from the original transfer; the AA2 transfer form. This has been attached this to this response.

A small amount of information has been removed from this form as it is considered exempt under the exemption - Section 40 (2) personal information.

Section 40 exempts personal information about a 'third party' (someone other than the requester), if revealing it would breach the terms of the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998. The DPA prevents personal information from release if it would be unfair or at odds with the reason why it was collected, or where the subject had officially served notice that releasing it would cause them damage or distress.

In this case the exemption applies because the form contains the names of individuals in junior positions. The release of names and contact details of junior officials who have not given express permission would be deemed to be unfair as there is no expectation that this information would be released.  Additionally, further processing to attribute names to actions would be seen to breach the first data protection principle in that it would be neither fair nor meet a Schedule 2 condition.  As such the names and contact details of junior officials are not being provided to you. 

F0037719 AA2 transfer form (PDF, 0.30Mb)

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