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Northern Ireland Troubles files among thousands of missing government papers - report

Government files concerning the Troubles in Northern Ireland are among thousands of missing papers, it has been reported.

The Guardian reports that files covering some of the most controversial periods of 20th century British history have "vanished".

Files on the Troubles concerning an assessment of the security situation for ministers of Northern Ireland in the 1970s - have been listed as “misplaced while on loan to government department,” it reported.

As well as the Troubles, missing files include those on the Falklands, British involvement in Palestine, medical testing and the a letter in which MI6 plotted to bring down the first Labour Government - the Zinoviev letter.

The paper reports the files were removed from the national archives by government officials and later reported as missing. In some instances it was only certain papers within files that were removed.

A Government spokesperson said: “The National Archives regularly sends lists to government departments of files that they have out on loan.

“If we are notified that a file is missing, we do ask what actions have been done and what action is being taken to find the file.”

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