Catalogue description Cabinet Office: Precedent Books

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Details of CAB 181
Reference: CAB 181
Title: Cabinet Office: Precedent Books

This series consists of working guidance on precedents for the operations of the Cabinet.

Please Note: for further information, please see the Cabinet Papers website.

Date: 1954
Separated material:

Part VI of the 1954 precedent book dealing with relations with Commonwealth governments, was missing before transfer to the Public Record Office.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 11 volume(s)
Restrictions on use: (Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated).
Access conditions: Available in digital format unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

from 2002 Cabinet Office

Accumulation dates: 1954
Selection and destruction information: All surviving parts of the 1954 precedent book, and the index to it, have been selected for permanent preservation.
Accruals: No future accruals expected.
Unpublished finding aids:

One volume contains an index to the rest of the precedent book.

Administrative / biographical background:

The Cabinet Office precedent books were written to provide a convenient digest and working guide of information on procedural matters relating to the Cabinet, Cabinet Minutes, Cabinet Committees and Cabinet documents. The earliest known surviving precedent book dates from 1954, and they were revised in 1963.

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