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The Papers of David Francis Hubback

Reference Code: GBR/0014/HBBK

Scope and Contents

The material includes correspondence and papers relating to Hubback's time at the Treasury, his memoir of Sir Richard (Otto) Clarke and population issues.


  • Creation: 1956 - 1988


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers with prior permission at Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the volume must obtain prior permission from the copyright holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

David Francis Hubback was born 2 March 1916, son of Francis William and Eva Hubback. He was educated at Westminster School, then King's College, Cambridge. In 1939 he married Elias Judith Williams and they had one son and two daughters.

In 1939, Hubback joined the Mines Department of the Board of Trade. During World War II he served in the Army in the Western Desert, in Sicily and Normandy and became Captain. After the war he became Private Secretary to Sir Edward Bridges, Permanent Secretary to the Treasury and Head of the Civil Service. In 1938 Hubback went to Paris to work for the Organisation for European Economic Co-Operation, returning to the Treasury in 1950. From 1960-62 he served as Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Selwyn Lloyd, whose papers are also held at Churchill Archives Centre). Hubback returned to the Board of Trade (which became the Department of Trade and Industry) and retired in 1976 as Deputy Secretary (a position he held from 1971-76). From 1979-81 Hubback was Clerk of the Financial Committees of the House of Commons.

Hubback was interested in demography and population issues and was a founder Trustee, and then Chairman, of the Simon Population Trust which focused on research and education relating to world population issues.

Hubback's publications included: Population Trends in Great Britain: their policy implications (1983) No Ordinary Press Baron: a life of Walter Layton (1985); Time and the Valley: the past, present and future of the Upper Ogwen Valley (1987).

He died on 17 March 1991.


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Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives (NRA), London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were presented to Churchill College by Mrs Judith Hubback in 1992.


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue were automated by Andrew Riley of Churchill Archives Centre in July 2004. They are based on a catalogue compiled by Natalie Adams and Roberta Johnson in January-February 2001. Biographical information obtained from Hubback's entry in Who Was Who and from his obituaries in "The Independent", 21 March 1991


Hubback, David Francis,1916-1991, economist

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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