Catalogue description Board of Trade: Enemy Debts Clearing Office: Files

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Details of BT 203
Reference: BT 203
Title: Board of Trade: Enemy Debts Clearing Office: Files

Files of the Enemy Debts Clearing Office relating to postwar private ownership claims and their arbitration.

Date: 1912-1940
Related material:

For Custodian of Enemy Property records see records of the Public trustee: PT

For files of the Trading with the Enemy and Administration of Enemy Property Departments see BT 271

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Board of Trade, Enemy Debts Clearing Office, 1920-1936

Physical description: 88 file(s)
Administrative / biographical background:

Under the Trading with the Enemy Amendment Act 1914 the Board of Trade appointed the Public Trustee to be a custodian of enemy property in England and Wales.

The Enemy Debts Clearing Office was established on 12 January 1920 under the Treaty of Peace Order 1919 to to administer claims by British nationals on ex-enemy property, and claims by ex-enemies on property held by British nationals which were left in abeyance during the war.

The Office absorbed the Trading with The Enemy Branch of the Public Trustee Office in January 1925 and on 1 April 1927 absorbed the Russian Claims Department, which had passed to the board from the Foreign Office in August 1920. The office ceased to exist on 21 March 1936, when it was replaced by an Enemy Property Branch of the Solicitor's Department.

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