Highlights of Freedom of Information releases in October 2005

October 2005

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File releases include documents on censorship of indecent literature, proposals for the extradition of Ronald Biggs, 'Great Train Robber', from Brazil to UK, the impact of generic broadcasting on BBC radio channels and Treasury correspondence on the broadcasting proceedings of the House of Commons.

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Proposals for extradition or expulsion of Ronald Biggs, 'Great Train Robber', from Brazil to UK

Catalogues the attempts by Scotland Yard to have Ronnie Biggs brought back to the UK in the 1970's from Brazil. Concern is expressed over Jack Slipper´s profile as a liability by some Foreign Office staff. FCO 53/401 includes a letter passed to Scotland Yard by a Sergeant Martin (RAF) who wrote to Biggs asking him to autograph a £10 note to his already extensive collection, which included Richard Nixon, Shirley Temple and Winston Churchill and many more famous names.

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Attempts to have Ronnie Biggs brought back to the UK in 1974 (FCO 53/400) Go to Discovery to view the images

Attempts to have Ronnie Biggs brought back to the UK in 1974 (FCO 53/401) Go to Discovery to view the images

Censors' concerns about impact of lesbian literature Go to Discovery to view the images

The effects of 'generic broadcasting' BBC radio Go to Discovery to view the images