Catalogue description Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence: Registered Files (CD Series)

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Details of CAB 64
Reference: CAB 64
Title: Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence: Registered Files (CD Series)

This series consists of the files of the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence, and includes copies and extracts of minutes which may be found in full elsewhere.

Topics covered include air defence, the Fleet Air Arm, food and oil supplies, manpower, rearmament, the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty and the situation in Ireland.

The majority of the files cover the period 1936 to 1939.

Date: 1924-1939


Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: CD File Series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence, 1936-1940

Physical description: 36 file(s)
Accumulation dates: 1924-1938
Accruals: No future accruals expected
Publication note:

Statement Relating to Defence, (Cmd 5103) March 1936

Administrative / biographical background:

In March 1936, Sir Thomas Inskip was appointed Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence. The Minister was to be deputy chairman of the Committee of Imperial Defence and the Defence Policy and Requirements Sub-Committee, and chair of the Principal Supply Officers Committee. His duties were defined in Cmd 5103 as 'day to day supervision and control on the Prime Minister's behalf of the activity of the CID or any committee appointed by them', together with the co-ordination of monthly reports to the Cabinet and the execution of policy and plans arising.

The Minister took the chair of the CID in the Prime Minister's absence, and could convene the Committee of Chiefs of Staff as necessary.

Sir Thomas Inskip resigned in January 1939 and was succeeded by Lord Chatfield.

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