These records were written for internal Treasury use and cover a wide range of topics, including Acts of God, civil service superannuation, the convertibility crisis of 1947, estimates, negotiations with the European Economic Community (1961-1963), prescription charges and prices and incomes policy.
In a letter dated 5 December 1957 Sir Norman Brook, Secretary of the Cabinet and Permanent Secretary of the Treasury, suggested to all Heads of Home Departments that as a follow up to the conclusion of the Civil Series of the published Official Histories of the war, individual departments should write histories within their departments so as to fund experience for internal departmental use.
It was felt these histories would in many cases effect a substantial saving in official time and would be of much benefit to newcomers in post. The Treasury produced thirty historical memoranda between 1957 and 1976 and they span two broad types of topic:
Histories of recurring major problems where a concise summary of past practice could help those currently dealing with those problems.
Histories of particular episodes which might have long term significance for the department.
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