Correspondence and papers of the Board of Trade's Companies Department.
The records include files and unregistered papers concerning assurance companies, registration of business names and of companies, investigations into liquidation of companies and the enforcement of the various Companies Acts. There are also records relating to money lending, share transactions and take over bids, insurance and the Stock Exchange, the Hudson's Bay Company, the Company Law (Jenkins) Committee, and two precedent books relating to special and departmental cases.
The series includes a few papers earlier than 1904 taken over from the Commercial and Railway Departments, together with re-registered files which would otherwise be found amongst the records of the Department of Trade and Industry (FV) division: Records of the Industrial and the Industrial and Commercial Policy Divisions and Groups.
The series also includes files re-registered from the COS series (BT 298) but other prefixes are represented.