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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): MCC/CL/PARL

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1894-1961

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 2.66 linear metres

Name of creator(s): MCC | Middlesex County Council x Middlesex County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1889 County Council policy was directed by 72 members and administered under the leadership of Sir Richard Nicolson, Clerk of the County Council, and a handful of staff. The number of members had risen to 116 by 1952 and by 1965 the County staff numbered some 32,000, of whom 2,000 head office staff occupied the Guildhall and five other offices in Westminster. This indicates the tremendous increase in administrative work under successive Clerks of the County Council.

In the years between the two wars a semi-rural county became an almost completely urbanised area. The introduction of new legislation made ever increased demands upon members of the administrative staff, involving in later years monthly meetings of some 50 committees and sub-committees.

The Clerk's Department were responsible for monitoring Parliamentary legislation which might affect the work of the Council as well as preparing MCC bills for presentation to Parliament.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Middlesex County Council Clerk's Department relating to Parliamentary legislation, 1894-1961, including papers relating to legislation proposed by the MCC including the Middlesex County Council Acts 1898, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1938 and 1944; legislation relevant to the functions of the MCC; papers relating to MCC bye laws, rules and standing orders; charters of incorporation for Middlesex boroughs and urban districts; copies of local acts which affected the MCC.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

MCC/CL/PARL/01: Middlesex County Council legislation; MCC/CL/PARL/02: General legislation; MCC/CL/PARL/03: Middlesex byelaws; MCC/CL/PARL/04: Charters of incorporation for Middlesex boroughs; MCC/CL/PARL/05: Additional legislation.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the Corporation of London.

Physical characteristics:


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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its parent authority, the Middlesex County Council, and with successor authorities.


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Publication note:

For further information on the history of the Middlesex County Council please see Middlesex by Sir Clifford Radcliffe (2 editions, 1939 and 1953), LMA Library reference 97.09 MID; and The County Council of the Administrative County of Middlesex: 76 years of local government, 1 April 1889 to 31 March 1965, by Middlesex County Council (1965), LMA library reference S97.09 MID.



Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: April to June 2009

Borough councils | Local authorities | Local government | Public administration | Government
By-laws | Legislation | Law
County councils | Local authorities | Local government | Public administration | Government
Parliamentary bills | Legislation | Law
Parliamentary legislation | Legislation | Law
Standing orders of Parliament | Parliamentary process | Parliament | Internal politics
Urban districts | Urban areas

Personal names

Corporate names
Clerk's Department | Middlesex County Council
Houses of Parliament
MCC | Middlesex County Council x Middlesex County Council

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Middlesex | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe