Sir William, who died in 1999, is one named alongside former Home Secretary Leon Brittan in the papers
Leading Westminster figures from the 1970s and 80s including the late Wokingham MP Sir William van Straubenzee have been named in Government child abuse documents, it has been reported.
An investigation by Sky News has forced the Government to admit papers do exist relating to the behaviour of former MPs,
Sir William, who died in November 1999, is named alongside Mrs Thatcher’s former parliamentary secretary the late Sir Peter Morrison, former Home Secretary Sir Leon Brittan, who died in January, and former diplomat the late Sir Peter Hayman.
Sky News reports the contents of the paper have not been revealed and said the papers have been shared with police and will be passed to the Child Abuse Enquiry led by Justice Lowell Goddard.
Sir William was education minister from 1970-72 and Northern Ireland Minister from 1972-74,
Mrs Thatcher sacked him from the front bench after the 1979 General Election.
He was given a knighthood in 1981 and was MP until 1987, where he was replaced by current MP John Redwood.