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Council for Wales and Monmouthshire records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CWMR

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Council for Wales and Monmouthshire Records

Short Title: Council for Wales and Monmouthshire records

Creation date(s): 1949-1959

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.045 cubic metres (5 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Council for Wales and Monmouthshire

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: The Council for Wales and Monmouthshire was established by the Attlee government in May 1949 (as an alternative to a Welsh Secretary of State) as a nominated advisory council, but was denied any statutory powers. Its first chairman was the influential north Wales trade union leader Dr Huw T. Edwards. The Council produced detailed reports on the problems facing Wales, and consistently pressed for extended functions for government departments in Wales. The Council's publication Government Administration in Wales: Third Memorandum of the Council for Wales and Monmouthshire, Cmnd. 53 (HMSO, 1957) (the product of two years' intensive work) reopened the discussion on the Labour Party's position on Welsh devolution. Edwards resigned as chairman of the Council in 1958 and joined Plaid Cymru, in response to the lack of enthusiasm in the Labour Party for any separate powers for Wales. Nevertheless, the report paved the way for the inclusion of a policy commitment on the appointment of a Secretary of State for Wales in the 1959 Labour Party manifesto. Following Edwards's resignation, the Council was reconstituted, but thereafter declined in importance, although it remained in existence until 1966, when the post of Secretary of State for Wales was created by the Labour government.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Minutes of the meetings of the Council, 1949-1959; memoranda, reports and notes deriving from the activities of the Council, 1949-1959, together with subject files covering regional devolution, trade at the south Wales ports, transport services in Wales, employment and the repopulation of the rural areas, a Welsh Television Service, functions exercised by the Welsh Office, and the Welsh economy.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed on-line.

Detailed catalogue

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Prof. Henry Lewis, Ynystawe, Swansea, 1961.

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following source was consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Council of Wales and Monmouthshire records.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2003


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Broadcasting | Wales
Great Britain. | Council for Wales and Monmouthshire | Archives
Harbours | Wales, South
Rural development | Wales
Transport | Government policy | Wales
Wales | Commerce
Wales | Economic conditions

Personal names
Edwards , Huw T. (Huw Thomas) , 1892-1970

Corporate names
Great Britain | Council for Wales and Monmouthshire

Places
Wales ()

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