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Newly released older documents include files on Lady Churchill

January 2005

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Recent releases at The National Archives

The National Archives has now released some files which were previously closed for more than 30 years, and also a set of liberation questionnaires from World War Two.

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The following files contain images of original documents:

Liberation questionnaire for World War Two British and Commonwealth ex-prisoners of war

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Seizure of the lesbian novel "The Well of Loneliness"

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The Prime Minister, Edward Heath, in a personal memo to the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Burke Trend, gives a frank assessment of the Compton Inquiry Report, which he has just read in draft. The report, presented to Parliament in November 1971, dealt with allegations against the British security forces of physical brutality in Northern Ireland arising out of events on 9 August 1971 (when internment was introduced). The inquiry was chaired by Sir Edmund Compton.

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An anonymous letter is sent to 10 Downing Street in March 1954, threatening the life of the Prime Minister's wife, Lady Churchill. The file deals with the leakage of this information to the press. Chief Superintendent Barratt of CID investigates and concludes that the leak did not come from the police.

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