Items reported missing by The National Archives in 2016, 2017, 2018

FOI request reference: F0052793
Publication date: June 2018


Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information:

In the last three calendar years (2016, 2017, and 2018), how many items have been reported missing by the national archives? This does not necessarily include thefts, but simply where an item cannot be found. Please break down by year. If possible, please provide a full list of the documents that have been reported missing for each of the years above.




Thank you for your enquiry of 29th May 2018, in which you asked for the information about how many items have been reported missing by The National Archives in 2016, 2017 & 2018.

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 that may apply.

I can confirm that The National Archives holds information relevant to your request.

This information is published within our transparency pages online and can be accessed via this link:

This report covers up to the end of 2017. As this report is published bi-annually, an update covering the first 6 months of 2018 is imminent.


Exemptions applied

[Section 21: Information readily available to the applicant by other means]

Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) does not oblige a public authority to provide information if it is already reasonably accessible by other means.

In this case, the exemption applies because the information is already available. This information is released bi-annually with The National Archives transparency pages:

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