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Cabinet Office Indexes to Prime Minister's Speeches in the House of Commons

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CBNT

Scope and Contents

The collection chiefly consists of indexes to Prime Minister's speeches in the House of Commons, but also includes an index to pledges made by the Prime Minister and an index to Prime Minister's parliamentary questions.


  • Creation: 1919 - 1964

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is Crown copyright. Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the collection should obtain prior permission from Her Majesty's Stationary Office, Copyright Section, St Clements House, 2-16 Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BQ.

Biographical / Historical

The Cabinet Office was set up in 1916 (under the auspices of Maurice Hankey who was Cabinet Secretary 1919-38) to serve as the secretariat for the Cabinet (the committee of senior Government Ministers responsible for controlling overall government policy) and is responsible for arranging meetings, distributing meeting papers and preparing minutes and reports. The Cabinet Office, although not responsible for carrying out Cabinet decisions, had co-ordination functions during the Second World War.


4 archive box(es) (4 archive boxes (17 volumes))

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The collection has been arranged chronologically.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

As the collection comprises volumes in their original bindings, please ensure that a book rest is used to support the volumes.

Other Finding Aids

The collection has been catalogued and hard copies of the catalogue are available for consultation in the Reading Room at Churchill Archives Centre and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in two stages. CBNT 1/12 was deposited in October 2001 and the remainder of the collection was deposited in December 2002 by Tessa Stirling, Head of the Cabinet Office's Historical and Records Section.

Related Materials

Churchill Archives Centre holds the papers of Sir Winston Churchill (reference codes GBR/0014/ CHAR and GBR/0014/CHUR which include notes for his speeches in the House of Commons (located in CHAR 9 and CHUR 5) plus Cabinet papers (located in CHAR 22). An online catalogue of the Churchill Papers is available at The Centre also holds a small collection of the papers of Clement Attlee (reference code GBR/0014/ATLE) and the papers of Sir Maurice Hankey (reference code GBR/0014/HNKY), who was Cabinet Secretary for a substantial amount of the period covered by this collection.

Related Materials

The records of the Cabinet Office are held at the Public Record Office, Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU.


This collection level description and catalogue was prepared by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in March 2003. Information about the administrative history was obtained from the Public Record Office's website


Cabinet Office

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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