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Central Economic Planning Staff, and Treasury, Central Economic Planning Section: Registered Files (CP Series)

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Central Economic Planning Staff, and Treasury, Central Economic Planning Section: Registered Files (CP Series)

Files of the Central Economic Planning Staff (later Section) together with a few papers which pre-date its creation drawn from various government sources dealing with economic affairs. The files concern:

  • economic planning relating to defence, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
  • agriculture
  • power and heavy industries
  • colonies
  • protectorates
  • economic missions abroad
  • conferences and international economic organisations.


By original subject classifications.

Transfers of files created after December 1951 have been arranged in former file reference number order.

Related Material:
For records of the Board of Trade's Economic Affairs Office see BT 195
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department:   CP file series
Legal status:
Public Record
Central Economic Planning Staff, 1947-1947
Treasury, Central Economic Planning Staff Section, 1947-1956
Physical description:
896 file(s)
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
Treasury , from 1976
Custodial history:
Records of the Central Economic Planning Staff were transferred to Treasury in 1947
Accumulation Dates:
1948 to 1956
Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The Central Economic Planning Staff was established in May 1947 and became a section of the Treasury in November of the same year.

The section dealt with a number of committees and working groups. They were:

the Headquarters Building Committee and Priorities Sub-Committee, the Joint Committee on Working of Steel Distribution Scheme, the Commonwealth Liaison Committee Steel Working Group, the Economic Survey Working Party, the Economic Planning Board, the Fuel Allocation Committee, the London Committee (and sub groups) Programme Committee, the Export Committee and Plans Sub-Committee, the Tourism Working Party, the Overseas Negotiations Committee, the Import Diversion Committee, the Imports Substitution Panel, the Investment Programmes Committee, the Agricultural Output Committee, the Colonial Development Committee, the Middle East Official Committee, the Far East Official Committee, the Committee of Industrial Productivity, the Commonwealth Economic Development Committee and the Committee on Control of Investment.

The section also dealt with investment programmes, materials allocation, economic surveys and programmes, the economic aspect of defence problems, and establishment questions. It liaised with the Capital Issues Committee (CIC) and with other departments and the dominions on the UK Long-Term Programme produced for the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC), and provided general briefing on home economic questions.

The section's work was taken over by the Home and Overseas Planning Staff Division in 1956.

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