Policy, general and record files of the Establishment Division of the Board of Trade and the combined and separate Departments of Trade and Industry.
The files relate to staffing matters such as complementing, recruitment, postings and secondments (including exchanges between the civil service and industry), appraisal, training, redundancy and retirement, pay, superannuation, welfare, allowances, conditions, accommodation and dispersal and trade union matters for their own and subordinate organisations.
The series also includes files relating to the structure and functions of the departments, including transfers of function and subsequent reorganisations, especially in connection with civil aviation, shipping and shipbuilding; standard departmental procedures; and departmental records. A number of files relate specifically to the Trade Commissioner Service.
Most of the departments' files in the E and EG series up to 1960 are in BT 13. Other files of the same series are in BT 295