The material selected for preservation consists of records of the first Ministry of Food including some papers inherited from other Departments) and records of the Board of Trade, Food Department which succeeded it. Many pre-1936 files were registered or re-registered in 1937 by the Board of Trade, Food (Defence Plans) Department (this fact explains the existence of an FD file series consisting mainly of papers earlier than 1936. The series contains only a few papers later than 1936, but some Board of Trade material has been incorporated in the records of the second Ministry of Food, established in 1939.
These records include:
(1) Materials relating to the history of the Ministry of Food, 1917-1921 including a 'General Memorandum of Instruction', 14 Appendices, 2 subsidiary 'Historical Files', and a number of 'Documentary Files' containing specimens of the various forms, circulars, etc. issued by the ministry to which reference is made in the memorandum and appendices.
(2) Memoranda and specimen forms used by the ministry and kept for record purposes.
(3) Correspondence and papers of Mr. U.F. Wintour, C.B., C.M.G. accumulated as Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Food, June, 1917 to September, 1918.
(4) Cabinet papers and memoranda which were in the custody of Lachlan MacLean, C.B., O.B.E., C.St.J., a senior officer of the first Ministry of Food, when he transferred to the Board of Trade Food Department; and remained with him until his later service with the second Ministry of Food.
(5) Files registered (or re-registered) by the Board of Trade Food (Defence Plans) Department which originated as records of the first Ministry of Food and of the Board of Trade Food Departments
(6) Unregistered correspondence and papers spanning the period 1916 to 1924 including the diaries of two permanent secretaries.
(7) A few sets of surviving minutes of meetings of a small number of local Food Control Committees.