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Correspondence and papers concerning the Royal Commission on the Reform of the Penal System, 1964 - 1978

 File — Container: GCPP Wootton 2/3
Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Wootton 2/3

Scope and Contents

These papers were assembled by Baroness Beatrice Serota, 1919-2002. Beatrice [known as Bee], née Katz, read economics at LSE before joining the Civil Service and later becoming a Government minister; [some addresses have been redacted in line with the Data Protection Act].
The file includes the following:
1) Letter from Barbara Wootton (marked confidential) to Bee Serota, 20 December 1964, suggesting that B W was instrumental in dissolving the Commission [B W and B S were both members of the Royal Commission on the Reform of the Penal System];
2) List of corrections to ‘Sentences of Imprisonment, a Review of Maximum Penalties’, June 1978;
3) Press notice relating to the first meeting of the Royal Commission on the Penal System in England, issued 7 Oct 1964;
4) Letter from Frank Soskice of the Home Office to the Rt Hon Viscount Amory, Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Penal System, 12 January 1965, setting out his understanding of an agreement reached with the Commission at a meeting earlier that day;
5) Addresses of members of the Royal Commission on the Penal System, November 1964; [addresses redacted];
6) List circulated by the Secretary of the Royal Commission on the Penal System of committees concerned with matters relevant to the Commission's enquiry and reports relevant to the enquiry, October 1964.


  • 1964 - 1978

Conditions Governing Access

In line with the Data Protection Act some items have been closed, and others have been redacted. Access to these items will be reviewed on 1 January 2030.


1 file(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The file was donated by Beatrice Serota's children, Judith and Nicholas Serota, July 2015.

Related Materials

Beatrice Serota's personal papers are held by the London School of Economics [LSE].



Finding aid date

2015-08-04 12:35:06+00:00

Repository Details

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