Catalogue description Ministry of Technology and successors: Air C Division and successors: Registered Files (XN Series)

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Reference: FV 17
Title: Ministry of Technology and successors: Air C Division and successors: Registered Files (XN Series)
Description:

This series contains registered files of the successive divisions of the Ministry of Technology, the Ministry of Aviation Supply and of the Department of Trade and Industry which were responsible for the government's industrial relationships with the aircraft industry. The files relate to policy on the structure and organisation of the industry, with especial reference to Short Bros and Harland Ltd and to Beagle Aircraft Ltd. They also deal with the implementation of the report of the Plowden Committee, and include the records of the resultant Elstub Committee. Later files deal with the nationalisation of the aircraft industry and the creation of British Aerospace.

Some of the files were re-registered from the BM series, inherited from Air A4 Branch and Air C Division of the Ministry of Aviation.

Files in the BM series were later re-registered in the XN series, and these contain files in that series produced by the Air C Division (and successors) of Mintech (and successor departments).

Date: 1962-1993
Related material:

Files in the BM series comprising records of and relating to the Plowden Committee are in AVIA 97

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: XN file series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 563 file(s)
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

Department of Trade and Industry , from 1994

Administrative / biographical background:

Air C Division of the Ministry of Technology (Mintech) had responsibility for the government's industrial relationships with the airframe and aero-engine industries, for policy on the structure and organisation of the aircraft industry and action arising from the Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Aircraft Industry (Cmnd 2853, 1966) (Plowden Report) and for the financial and administrative aspects of long-term planning for the industry.

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