I am trying to establish how often files relating to the Special Operations Executive (I think that they are files with the HS prefix, but I’m not 100% sure) have been accessed since the opening of the archive following the Waldegrave initiative, and which files are accessed most and least frequently (if at all).
Thank you for your enquiry of 4th November 2015, in which you asked for information about document order statistics for the HS series.
Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)
I can confirm that The National Archives holds information relevant to your request.
We are pleased to be able to provide this information to you.
In your request you asked the following questions:
1) How often files relating to the Special Operations Executive have been accessed since the opening of the archive following the Waldegrave initiative?
Files relating to the Special Operations Executive are contained with the HS series of documents. As of Monday 9th November 2015 there have been 67,703 orders for HS documents.
2) Which files are accessed most and least frequently (if at all)?
Order totals for every single record in the HS series can be found in the attached spreadsheet. This information was correct at the time of retrieval on Monday 9th November 2015.
Please note that this information pertains only to document order figures between the 24th May 1999 and the 9th November 2015. The 24th May 1999 marks the date that our current reporting system became operational. Any information pertaining to document orders before this date have not been provided as this information is no longer held.
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