Ministry of Defence: Permanent Under Secretary of State for Defence: Registered Files (D/PUS and PUS Series)

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Reference:DEFE 23
Title:
Ministry of Defence: Permanent Under Secretary of State for Defence: Registered Files (D/PUS and PUS Series)
Description:

Registered files in the D/PUS series concerning the wide range of subjects dealt with by the professional head of civilian staff in the Ministry of Defence. They include a number of files on the Committee on the Civil Service 1966-1968 (the Fulton Committee) of which Sir James Dunnett was a member.

Date: 1956-1984
Related Material: Papers of the Committee on Civil Service are in BA 1
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department D/PUS and PUS file series
Legal status: Public Record
Language: English
Creator: Ministry of Defence, Permanent Under Secretary of State for Defence, 1964-
Physical description: 222 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition: Ministry of Defence , from 1995
Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

Under the Defence (Transfer of Functions) Act 1964, the Admiralty, War Office and Air Ministry were absorbed into an enlarged Ministry of Defence under a Secretary of State for Defence from 1 April 1964. As a result, the post of Permanent Under Secretary of State (PUS) for Defence was created. The PUS was the professional head of civilian staff in the Ministry of Defence and also a member of the Defence Council. The first PUS was Sir Henry Hardman, who had previously served as Permanent Secretary to the Minister of Defence and was succeeded as follows:-

  • Sir Henry Hardman 1964-1966
  • Sir James Dunnett 1966-1974
  • Sir Michael Cary 1974-1976
  • Sir Frank Cooper 1976-1982
  • Sir Clive Whitmore 1983-1988
  • Sir Michael Quinlan 1988-1992
  • Sir Christopher France 1992 onwards

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