Catalogue description Department of Energy and predecessors: Energy Technology Division: Registered Files (ET Series)

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Details of EG 16
Reference: EG 16
Title: Department of Energy and predecessors: Energy Technology Division: Registered Files (ET Series)
Description:

This series consists of records of the Energy Technology Division relating to future energy requirements in the UK in terms of fossil fuels and the possible use of alternative sources of energy. Also included are files relating to the Advisory Councils on Research and Development (ACORD) for (i) Fuel and Power and (ii) Iron and Steel.

Date: 1946-1986
Related material:

For the files of the Chief Scientist's Division of the Ministry of Power and successors, see POWE 67

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: ET file series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator:

Department of Energy, Energy Technology Division, 1974-1992

Department of Trade and Industry, Chief Scientist (Energy) Division, 1970-1974

Department of Trade and Industry, Energy Technology Division, 1972-1974

Ministry of Technology, Chief Scientist (Energy Division), 1969-1970

Physical description: 336 file(s)
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

Department of Trade and Industry , from 2000

Custodial history: Transferred to the Department of Trade and Industry from the Department of Energy in 1992.
Selection and destruction information: Policy files are always selected for permanent preservation (schedule 6B)
Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The Chief Scientist (Energy) Division was established within the Ministry of Technology in 1969. The division absorbed the majority of functions previously carried out by the Chief Scientist's Division of the Ministry of Power whose functions were transferred to the Ministry of Technology in 1969. Upon the dissolution of the Ministry of Technology in 1970, the Chief Scientist (Energy) Division was transferred to the newly created Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). In 1972, the division was renamed the Energy Technology Division which eventually consisted of four branches covering electricity; gas oil and coal; iron and steel and general administration. After the break up of the DTI in 1974, the Energy Technology Division was transferred to the Chief Scientist's Group within the newly created Department of Energy.

The Energy Technology Division was established to examine current and future energy requirements within the UK as well as the long term prospects for fossil fuels. Additional studies undertaken by the division included studies into alternative sources of energy eg tidal, wave, wind and solar, the possibilities for reducing pollution and the use of natural gas as an alternative fuel for road vehicles. The division provided the secretariat for the ACORD (Fuel and Power) Committee, composed of industrialists and academics, which was tasked by the government to examine various energy issues.

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