Catalogue description Home Office: Prison Department: Administration (DIS Symbol Series) Files

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Details of HO 475
Reference: HO 475
Title: Home Office: Prison Department: Administration (DIS Symbol Series) Files

The records relate to the functions and responsibilities of the Home Office concerning prison farms and industries. The records mainly comprise of the Senior Management Committee meetings minutes and papers relating to this function. A corporate name was adopted in 1972 for prison industries and farms - PRINDUS.

Date: 1969-1987

Records are arranged in former reference order.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Originals held at:

The National Archives

Former reference in its original department: DIS Symbol Series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Home Office, Prison Department, 1963-

Physical description: 26 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

from 2010 Ministry of Justice

Custodial history: The records were held by the Home Office Prisons Department until the late 1980s whereupon they were moved to semi-current storage in the Home Office headquarters for appraisal and review. The records were passed from the Home Office to the Ministry of Justice in 2007 when the prisons function passed to that body.
Accumulation dates: 1970 to 1982
Selection and destruction information: Some policy files have been selected to illustrate the function of prison farms and industry management.
Administrative / biographical background:

The Directorate of Industries and Supplies was created in 1970. It comprised a Production Engineering Unit; a Work Study Unit; Management Accountant Unit; and a Farms and Gardens Unit. By 1975 a Prison Industries Unit had been added.

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