Guy Burgess records

FOI request reference: F0040970
Publication date: February 2015

Request

1) What material on Guy Burgess has been deposited in the National Archives since January 2010?
2) What material has been withheld in government departments?
3) What material on Guy Burgess has been requested since January 2010 and what is the status of all those requests?
4) Please release all communications between 7 June and 7 October 1951 between Sir William Elliott to Minister of Defence

Outcome

Partially successful

Response

Q1: What material on Guy Burgess has been deposited in the National Archives since January 2010?

There have been no transfers of records specifically concerning Guy Burgess since January 2010. All documents we hold on this person were transferred prior to this date and can be searched for via our Discovery catalogue.

Q2: What material has been withheld in government departments?

The National Archives does not hold this information and we are therefore unable to provide it to you. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office have however published details of their Archive Inventory, which includes a collection of files relating to Guy Burgess. You can find more information on this via their website.

Q3: What material on Guy Burgess has been requested since January 2010 and what is the status of all those requests?

We have received only one FOI request since January 2010 for a record concerning Guy Burgess. This is for the record IR 40/12306, which was requested for review by yourself on 29 December 2014. The document is currently still being reviewed and we will have an update on this for you by 10 February 2015.

Q4: Please release all communications between 7 June and 7 October 1951 between Sir William Elliott to Minister of Defence

From a search of our Discovery catalogue we have been unable to identify any closed records that we would be able to review in connection with this information. If you are able to identify a closed record from our Discovery catalogue then we would be happy to progress this request for you. The National Archives also operates a paid search service for requests for information already accessible.