Authorisation of lifetime bans

FOI request reference: F0050414
Publication date: October 2017


Are these lifetime bans decided according to the PRO Act, or other relevant legislation, or by executive order? If the former, please direct me to the clause/s which justify the bans.

Who were the members of staff within TNA/PRO who made each of these banning orders? (I understand that under FOIA the personal identities of senior public staff carrying out their work cannot be redacted or withheld.)




Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000. The FOI Act gives you the right to know whether we hold the information you want and to have it communicated to you, subject to any exemptions which may apply.

I can confirm that The National Archives holds information relevant to your request. We are pleased to be able to provide some of this information to you below.

Exclusions are governed by Rules of The National Archives made by the Chief Executive and Keeper under s.2 (4) (c) of the Public Records Act 1958.

The rules are published on our website here:

You may find it useful to refer to the following sections:

• Appendix 1: Senior Officer and Service Manager Roles
• Appendix 6: Inappropriate handling of records
• Appendix 10: Exclusion
• Appendix 12: Suspension of Reader Tickets – Appeals Procedure

Complaint records are only retained for 10 years from the date of their creation, therefore we do not hold information about who authorised the following exclusions:

• 2006 Exclusion for inappropriate behaviour
• 2007 Exclusion for attempting to insert non original material into the archive

The exclusions listed below were authorised by the following senior staff:

• 2007 Exclusion for theft of archival material – authorised by Natalie Ceeney, Chief Executive
• 2017 Exclusion for attempting to remove archival material from the reading room – authorised by Caroline Ottaway-Searle, Director of Public Engagement