Ministry of Defence and Cabinet Office: Central Intelligence Machinery: Joint Intelligence Sub-Committee later Committee: Minutes (JIC Series)

CAB 159
Ministry of Defence and Cabinet Office: Central Intelligence Machinery: Joint Intelligence Sub-Committee later Committee: Minutes (JIC Series)

This series contains the minutes of meetings of the Joint Intelligence Committee (Joint Intelligence Sub-Committee until 31 December 1947) and Confidential Annexes for the period August 1952 to December 1955.

Some items within the 1947 and 1948 minutes carry an '(O)' suffix indicating that they were concerned with operational matters.


Although the Joint Intelligence Committee became the Joint Intelligence Committee (A) effective 1 April 1968, the symbol 'JIC' continued in use on the minutes until the end of 1968.

Related Material:
For the further records of the Committee see:
Communications and Intelligence Records are in: DEFE
CAB 56
CAB 81
CAB 163
CAB 179
This series continues in CAB 185
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department:   JIC
Legal status:
Public Record
Cabinet Office, Joint Intelligence Committee Secretariat, 1957-
Ministry of Defence, Joint Intelligence Committee, 1948-1957
Ministry of Defence, Joint Intelligence Sub-committee, 1947-1948
Physical description:
50 file(s)
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure
Immediate source of acquisition:
Cabinet Office , from 1994
Accumulation Dates:
Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

Following the establishment of the Ministry of Defence in January 1947 the Joint Intelligence Sub-Committee of the Cabinet became a Ministry of Defence committee in the Chiefs of Staff Sub-Committee structure. Its title was amended in January 1948 to Joint Intelligence Committee.

In October 1957 the Prime Minister approved the return of the Joint Intelligence Committee to the Cabinet Office where it remains. It was as a reflection of the broadened scope and role of intelligence that the Joint Intelligence Committee was brought back into the Cabinet Office, as part of the inter-departmental Cabinet Committee structure, under the authority of the Secretary of the Cabinet.

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