Catalogue description Records of the British Overseas Trade Board

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Title: Records of the British Overseas Trade Board

Records of the British Overseas Trade Board (BOTB) and related bodies concerning the BOTB responsibilities for promoting British industry overseas and for providing technical help, market information and trade contacts to various export associations.

  • Secretariat registered files: FV 75.
  • Finance Committee files: FV 76.
  • Advisory Council files: FV 77.
  • BOTB meetings, agendas, minutes and papers: FV 78.
  • British Export Marketing Centre, Tokyo, registered files: FV 99.

Date: 1972-1988
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

British Overseas Trade Board, 1972-1988

Physical description: 5 series
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

Department of Trade and Industry

Custodial history: Transferred to the Department of Trade in 1974 and then to the Department of Trade and Industry in 1983
Administrative / biographical background:

The British Overseas Trade Board was formed in 1972 to direct and develop the Government's export promotion services and overseas finance and planning on behalf of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

The Board consisted of business leaders and representatives from the Confederation of British Industry, the Trade Union Congress, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Exports Credit Guarantee Department and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Its President was the Secretary of State for Trade.

The Board was assisted in its work by: a Secretariat; Finance and General Purposes Committee; Publicity and Promotions Branch; and Advisory Council.

The Board was chaired by the following: Lord Thorneycroft 1972-1975; Sir Frederick Catherwood 1975-1979; Earl of Limerick 1979-1983; the Earl Jellicoe 1983-1987; Sir James Cleminson, 1987-1988.

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