According to an article by Matthew Holehouse, published in the Daily Telegraph, 1,600 folders of documents reported missing since 2005 include letters from Sir Winston Churchill to General Franco, the Spanish dictator; minutes of Harold Wilson's meetings with the Queen; and documents from the courts of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Charles I. Dozens of regimental diaries, medal records and squadron and battleship logbooks have also seemingly disappeared.
Some of the files, many of which contain the sole copies of historical documents, have not been seen since the early 1990s and fewer than a half have been recovered, according to a register of missing items released under freedom of information laws.
Historians have accused the National Archives, which is overseen by the Ministry of Justice, of "administrative laxness".
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