Catalogue description Treasury: Law and Order Division: Registered Files (LO and 2-LO Series).

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Details of T 221
Reference: T 221
Title: Treasury: Law and Order Division: Registered Files (LO and 2-LO Series).

This series consists of the records of the Law and Order (LO) Division of the Treasury. The files cover a wide range of subjects including:

  • supply and establishment matters relating to Home Office and Scottish Home Department
  • complementing and grading of legal staff,
  • magistrates' courts
  • police
  • prisons
  • civil defence
  • fire service
  • child care
  • probation
  • approved schools
  • Church Commissioners
  • Charity Commission
  • Public Trustee Office
  • Pensions Appeal Tribunal
  • Lord Chancellor's Department
  • the Committee of Enquiry relating to the Law and Practice of Charitable Trusts (Nathan Committee)
  • Houses of Parliament
  • treasure trove
  • legal aid
  • Land Registry
  • Representation of the People Acts
  • Isle of Man
  • Channel Islands and the Governor of Northern Ireland
  • Bona Vacantia and Ultimus Haeres.

Also includes files of the E (T 162), S (T 161) and G series which were reregistered in the LO series in 1948.

Date: 1880-1977

Chronological within original subject classification (see Treasury Registration Systems)

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: LO and 2-LO file series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Treasury, Law and Order Division, 1938-1962

Physical description: 1161 file(s)
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 1976 Treasury

Accumulation dates: 1938-1962
Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The Law and Order (LO) Division was created in 1938. It dealt with a wide range of issues related to law and order, civil defence and legal services.

In 1962 the Law and Order Division was abolished in a Treasury re-organisation. Its responsibilities for complementing and grading staff were transferred to Establishments (Complementing), (EC) Division, and for pensions to Establishments (Superannuation), (ES) Division. Home Office, Scottish Home and Health Department, legal aid, child care, civil defence, police and prisons matters went to Social Services (SS) Division and pay and conditions, and other remaining subjects, except those transferred to Social Services Division, were given to the Civil Pay (CP) Divisions.

Following the creation of the Civil Service Department in 1968, many of the departments for which Civil Pay (CP) Division was responsible were transferred to the Social Services (SS) Division.

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