Catalogue description British Railways Board: Organising for Quality Office and Steering Group: Records

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Reference: AN 197
Title: British Railways Board: Organising for Quality Office and Steering Group: Records

This series contains records of the simplification of organisation of regions and departments, consultancy papers, and records of the Organising for Quality Steering Group.

Date: 1979-1993

Broadly chronological

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

British Railways Board, Organising for Quality Office, 1989-1993

Physical description: 170 file(s)
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

2002-2010 BRB (Residuary) Ltd

Custodial history: Created by the British Railways Board and passed by them to British Railways Board (Residuary) Ltd in February 2001.
Accumulation dates: 1989-1993
Selection and destruction information: Illustrative of the economic, social and demographic condition of the UK. Policy records and reports have been preserved.
Accruals: No further accruals are expected
Administrative / biographical background:

In 1989 a study by Coopers & Lybrand recommended that British Rail should simplify its organisation and decentralise on business lines. An Organisation for Quality (OfQ) team was established to lead the initiative. In 1990 profit centre teams were given six months to devise new organisational structures. A series of reports were produced by the teams working on OfQ for the Chief Executive's forum in June 1990. After this the OfQ Steering Group was established to deal with questions raised. The concept of"trading" was important to OfQ and denoted the ability of profit centres to do business with each other.

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