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By John F. Naylor

ISBN-10: 0521093473

ISBN-13: 9780521093477

The talk surrounding the booklet of Richard Crossman's cupboard Diaries (1975) delivered to the fore opposing ideas of 'open' and 'closed' executive inside Britain's unfastened society. whereas a stability has for the instant been struck about the secrecy of cupboard complaints, a historic query is still: by way of what method, and with what effects, has reliable secrecy come to envelop the practices of contemporary cupboard govt? This e-book tackles that key query, drawing upon a uniquely wide variety of authentic and personal papers to ascertain the old improvement of the cupboard place of work, the custodian of cupboard secrecy. tested by way of Lloyd George within the administrative chaos of 1916, the cupboard Secretariat - because it used to be first recognized - emerged because the valuable enterprise for the administration of cupboard company, operating heavily with the best Minister himself. In Sir Maurice Hankey's twenty-two-year time period as cupboard secretary, he presided over the institutionalisation of the Secretariat as an place of work loose from partisan taint and he in my opinion served all Britain's inter-war top Ministers as confidant and influential consultant.

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The CID Secretariat had been placed at the disposal of the War Council, and Hankey brought to that body a secretarial apparatus which went without challenge at the sub-Cabinet level. ' Through the end of 1916, and even into the last year of the war, the government proposed as they might; the military by and large disposed as they pleased. 91 The deficiency lay instead in governmental organization, which indulged the excessive departmentalism which permitted the service ministries to go their own ways.

78 In sum, the re-organization of 1902 and the strengthen- The origins of the Cabinet Secretariat 23 ing of the CID in 1904 established the importance of record-keeping techniques and permanent staffing in defence planning for the United Kingdom and her Empire. More than a decade was required to establish a similar need for the conduct of the business of the Cabinet. The centralization inherent in Esher's scheme for a Prime Minister's department to oversee defence planning had another profound, if delayed, consequence for nineteenth-century Cabinet government.

Drafted after each Cabinet meeting, these letters often reflect the personal interests of, and immediate pressures upon, each premier - facing other engagements, possibly preoccupied, perhaps even bored by the convention - as he sat at the table round which the Cabinet had recently gathered, to inform the monarch about Cabinet proceedings. By and large, the leading ministers were not over-generous with information: on one occasion, Gladstone 'padded' his account of The origins of the Cabinet Secretariat 19 proceedings to assuage Victoria's complaint with ' very meagre news' of the previous Cabinet meeting.

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