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TREASURY PAPERS
Series One: Papers of the Economic Section, 1941-1961

Part 4: T 230/110-145

The material in Part 4 covers the period 1940-1952. There are good files addressing the variety of problems which afflicted Britain’s war-time economy, post-war economic development, trade and commercial policy. The main topics are:

  • National wages policy.
  • Price stabilization.
  • The effect of air raids on factory production.
  • Rationing.
  • Inter-departmental Committee on Reparations and Economic Security.
  • Commercial policy: Proposals for a commercial clearing union.
  • Inter-departmental Committee on Post-war Commercial Policy.
  • Commercial policy.
  • Ministerial Committee on Post-war Commercial Policy.
  • Post-war Export trade Committee.
  • Future British export prospects in connection with increasing
    world competition.
  • Proposed post-war trade collaboration with Allied governments.
  • Statistics relating to trade tariffs and preferences.
  • Working Party on Expansion of UK Trade with Eastern Europe.
  • United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.
  • Lend-lease papers.
  • Termination of Lend-Lease and transitionary period negotiations.
  • Economic Section of the Cabinet Secretariat: Discussion papers.
  • Economic Survey for 1948-1952.

Contained within the files in Part 4 are documents that look at the range of contemporary economic issues. File T 230/143 in particular, contains a wide selection of pertinent Discussion Papers by leading government economists, including:

  • The 1949/1950 Programme - J Jukes.
  • Alternative Methods of Controlling Price - M F W Hemming.
  • Intra-European Trade and Payments - J M Fleming.
  • Wages Policy - J Downie.
  • The Economic Section’s Beliefs - D M B Butt.
  • Economic Policy in a Recession - J C R Dow and R Hall.
  • Investment Policy in a Recession - R F Bretherton.
  • Inflationary Pressure - K Howell.
  • Conditions for Operating a One World System - M F W Hemming.
  • How much Investment? - F J Atkinson.
  • Notes on Central Planning - R Hall and Mr D Allen.
  • The Problem of Unemployment - J Grieve Smith.
"The papers of the Economic Section are one of the most compact and important set of records of
post-war British Government."
Professor
Rodney Lowe,
Department of Historical Studies,
University of Bristol.


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