Catalogue description Board of Trade and successors: Commercial Relations and Exports Department and predecessors: Registered Files and other records

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Reference: BT 11
Title: Board of Trade and successors: Commercial Relations and Exports Department and predecessors: Registered Files and other records
Description:

Registered files and other records of the Commercial Relations and Exports Department and its predecessors.

Subjects covered in the files include foreign trade issues and related negotiations; exchange control and payments agreements; imperial preference; most favoured nations; customs; navigation and shipping; tariffs; the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade; the organisation for European Economic Co-operation; merchandise and trade marks; League of Nations; conventions, commissions, conferences, and committees; and United Kingdom internal issues. The series also includes some records of the Standards, Weights and Measures Department.

The vast majority of files belong to the CRE or to the CRT prefix. Only 8 files survive from before 1902, and there are only two files from the 1912-1914 period. The deficiencies in the Commercial Department's records before 1902 can be partly remedied by use of the out-letters in BT 12

Date: 1866-1981
Arrangement:

Grouped into 4 subseries:

BT 11/1-42 (dated 1866-1930) are arranged in chronological order;

BT 11/43-4433 (dated 1931-1949) are arranged in order of the Board of Trade's file numbers and were originally catalogued under coded subject categories or names of countries;

BT 11/4434-5261 (dating from 1949 onwards) are arranged similarly and were originally catalogued under a slightly different set of coded subject categories;

BT 11/5262-6073 (mostly post-dating the subject-coded files) are also arranged in file number order.

Separated material:

There are some re-registered CRT files in BT 271

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator:

Board of Trade, Commercial and Statistical Department, 1872-1886

Board of Trade, Commercial Department, 1825-1872

Board of Trade, Commercial Intelligence Department, 1916-1919

Board of Trade, Commercial Relations and Exports Department, 1949-1970

Board of Trade, Commercial Relations and Treaties Department, 1919-1949

Board of Trade, Commercial, Labour and Statistical Department, 1895-1916

Physical description: 7063 boxes and files
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Accruals: Series is accruing

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