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Official: Board of Trade, 1906 - 1911

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 11

Scope and Contents

The Board of Trade papers contain correspondence, memoranda, printed material and other papers arising from WSC's activities as President of the Board of Trade, a position which he held from 12 April 1908 to 14 February 1910. The papers have been divided into correspondence and subject-based files, and are arranged chronologically.The Board of Trade material covers WSC's routine ministerial duties, as well as the specific issues of the period. These include: state unemployment insurance, linked with a network of labour exchanges; the regulation of wages in the "sweated industries" by the Trade Boards Act; the establishment of a Court of Arbitration in labour disputes; the centralization of London's electricity supply; the establishment of the Port of London Authority; labour disputes in the Lancashire cotton industry; the amalgamation of the Great Northern, Great Central and Great Eastern Railway Companies; commercial relations with France; patent law reform; tariff reform; the Suez Canal; economic conditions in Germany; the Baghdad [Mesopotamia, later Iraq] Railway and trade in Mesopotamia and the Persian Gulf.The papers also include general reports on employment, trade and industry, from 1907 to 1910.


  • Creation: 1906 - 1911

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers.

This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.

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