Catalogue descriptionMinistry of Food: Legal Department Registered Files (L Series)
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Ministry of Food: Legal Department Registered Files (L Series)
This series contains ministerial orders on the rationing, distribution, pricing and general control of food and animal feedstuffs, also covering licensing of producers and traders. A few files on general policy and correspondence with interested parties are included. The papers cover with a few exceptions the years 1939 to 1955.
The series comprises of an initial deposit of 610 pieces arranged in chronological order and generally dated between 1939 and 1955 when the Ministry of Food was merged with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. A second deposit of 91 pieces made in 1985 is similarly arranged, but also includes papers dated between 1956 and 1968.
The Ministry of Food under a legal adviser, advised the Minister of Food on matters of constitutional, civil and criminal law. It was responsible for drafting regulations, orders and directions made by the minister under powers conferred on him by the Defence Regulations, the Food and Drugs Acts and other statutes, and for drawing up, approving and settling any licences, agreements, contracts, authorities, warrants, notices and other legal documents which were necessary for carrying out the ministry's schemes of control, the putting into effect and enforcement of its regulations and the protection of its commercial activities. The department also advised on claims by or against the ministry and, when necessary, arranged with the Treasury Solicitor for the conduct of litigation and arbitration.
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