War Cabinet and Cabinet: Scientific Advisory Committees: Minutes and Papers (SAC and ACE Series)

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War Cabinet and Cabinet: Scientific Advisory Committees: Minutes and Papers (SAC and ACE Series)

This series consists of minutes and papers of the Scientific Advisory Committee and associated bodies including the Defence Services Panel.


Subject and chronological

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department:   SAC and ACE file series
Legal status:
Public Record
Cabinet, Scientific Advisory Committee, 1945-1947
War Cabinet, Engineering Advisory Committee, 1943-1943
War Cabinet, Scientific Advisory Committee, 1940-1945
Physical description:
9 volume(s)
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
Cabinet Office , from 1969
No future accruals expected
Administrative / biographical background:

The Scientific Advisory Committee was set-up in October 1940 under Lord Hankey (Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster), to advise the government on scientific matters generally and to bring new developments to its notice. It also had the duty of advising the departments on the selection of individuals for scientific appointments. It continued to serve throughout the war and from the beginning of 1943 was chaired by Sir Henry Dale (President of the Royal Society). Meetings were held on a variety of subjects, and attended by a number of persons from outside government service.

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