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Other papers include: a large number of constituency files for Bray's Scottish seat; papers relating to Bray's work for Christian Aid and the Fabian Society; some personal papers; articles and speeches; papers from the Programme for Research into Economic Methods; Bray's research papers on mathematics, economics and engineering; Bray's engagements; correspondence, mainly on science and economics subjects; Parliamentary diaries.
- 1953 - 1997
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Biographical / Historical
Initially Bray pursued an academic career, researching pure mathematics at Cambridge between 1953 and 1955, then spending a year at Harvard University [United States] as Choate Fellow (1955-1956). However, on returning from Harvard he became Technical Officer at the Wilton Works of ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries Limited), until 1962. During this time Bray also moved into politics: he contested the seat of Thirsk and Malton [Yorkshire] in 1959, then became Labour MP for Middlesbrough West (1962-1970), Motherwell and Wishaw [Lanarkshire, Scotland], (October 1974-1983), and finally for Motherwell South, from 1983 until his retirement in 1997.
In 1966 Bray received his first ministerial post, becoming Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Power, (1966-1967), before transferring to the Ministry of Technology as Joint Parliamentary Secretary, (1967-1969). He then resigned in order to publish "Decision in Government", and in the next year lost his seat. He re-entered Parliament in 1974, later becoming Opposition spokesman on science and technology, a post which he held from 1983 to 1992.
Bray served as a member of various Parliamentary committees, including: the Select Committee on Nationalised Industries (1962-1964); the Estimates Committee (1964-1966); the Expenditure Committee, (1978-1979); the Select Committee on Treasury and Civil Service, (1979-1983), acting as Chairman of the Sub-committee between 1981 and 1982; the Select Committee on Science and Technology, (1992); the Board of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (1993). Bray also served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of various groups, including: the Labour, Science and Technology Group, (1964-1966); Economic Affairs Estimates Sub-Committee, (1964-1966); Parliamentary Mental Health Group; Vice President, Parliament and Science Committee; British-Chinese Parliamentary Group. He was also Chairman of the Fabian Society (1971-1972), and Deputy Chairman of Christian Aid (1972-1984).
Bray's publications include: Decision in Government (1970); Production Purpose and Structure (1982); Fabian pamphlets and articles.
Jeremy Bray died in June 2002.
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