Colonial Defence Committee, and Committee of Imperial Defence, Colonial Defence Committee later Oversea Defence Committee: Defence Schemes
This series consists of papers, memoranda and instructions drawn up by the first Colonial Defence Committee of 1878-1879, by the second Colonial Defence Committee of 1885 to 1904, by the Committee of Imperial Defence (CID)'s Colonial Defence Committee and by the CID's Overseas Defence Committee (ODC), in response to schemes for the defence of the colonies and dominions.
The memoranda and papers relating to each defence scheme include returns of colonial forces, statements of military expenditure on colonial garrisons and papers pertaining to colonial military law, port regulation in time of peace, the return of warlike stores and the armament of stations.
Chronological and by subject
Colonial Defence Committee, 1885-1904
Committee of Imperial Defence, Colonial Defence Committee, 1904-1911
Committee of Imperial Defence, Oversea Defence Committee, 1911-1939
These papers were circulated to the relevant Colonial Governors, members of the Colonial Defence Committees, other members of the Committee of Imperial Defence, to ministers, representatives of the Admiralty, War Office and Colonial Office, and to other officials as necessary for information and discussion. The defence schemes themselves were drawn up by colonial governments or their representatives.
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