A page on the National Archives' website states the following:

Records of cabinet meetings are confidential documents and only transferred to The National Archives after 30 years - the 30-year rule.

Wikipedia mentions a "Thirty-year rule", though claims that this has now been changed to 20 years. Why doesn't that apply in this case?

  • Which is "this case" you are refering to?
    – SJuan76
    Oct 4, 2019 at 19:01
  • @SJuan76 The case of the Cabinet records (as the National Archives' page states 30 years, rather than the supposed changed period of 20 years).
    – VortixDev
    Oct 4, 2019 at 19:04

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They are

Well, almost. They are in the process of reducing the time from 30 to 20 years by doing 2 years at a time between 2013 and 2022 - right now it’s a 23 year rule.

I guess you found a webpage that hasn’t been updated.

  • Thanks for the answer! Although I referenced the National Archives' page, I was originally interested due to Jacob Rees-Mogg referencing this in a recent interview where he says "what is said in Cabinet will come out in 30 years' time" (here, starting at roughly 7:28). Do you think this was just a mistake on his part?
    – VortixDev
    Oct 5, 2019 at 21:43
  • I sent an enquiry to the National Archives - it is indeed an outdated page; I suppose he was mistaken.
    – VortixDev
    Oct 21, 2019 at 16:08

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