Catalogue description Records of the Legal Branch

Details of Division within ED
Reference: Division within ED
Title: Records of the Legal Branch

Records of the Legal Branch, reflecting its responsibilities for the provision of legal advice on educational matters and the drafting of legislation.

The main records of the Legal Branch are the various series of educational endowment files:

  • Elementary education in ED 49;
  • Further education in ED 37;
  • Secondary education in ED 27;
  • Special services in ED 38;
  • Teachers' training colleges in ED 40;
  • Universities and colleges in ED 39.

Law Officers' opinions are in ED 184, with bill files in ED 31. Enrolled deeds concerning land used for educational purposes are in ED 191.

Precedent books are in ED 127, with law precedent covers in ED 262.

Files of information for parliamentary questions and answers are in ED 34.

Endowed Schools Schemes and Orders are in ED 290.

Date: 1850-1992
Related material:

Files relating to the administration of secondary school endowments and estate management are in

ED 35

Some material on university endowments can be found in ED 119

Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Board of Education, Legal Branch, 1924-1944

Board of Education, Legal Department, 1908-1924

Department of Education and Science, Legal Branch, 1964-1992

Ministry of Education, Legal Branch, 1944-1964

Physical description: 13 series
Administrative / biographical background:

In 1908 the legal sections of the Elementary and Technical Branches were merged to form a separate Legal Department or Branch, which later incorporated the legal sections of other branches.

The Legal Branch provided advice on all questions of law and drafting and undertook work under the Charitable Trusts Acts and the Endowed Schools Acts. It also took an active part in parliamentary business including the drafting of legislation.

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