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Department of Trade Tariff Records

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 TARIFF
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Department of Trade Tariff Records
Date(s): 1917-1974
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 9 boxes
Name of creator(s): Department of Trade
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Administrative/Biographical history:

A committee, known as the Board of Trade since 1786, adopted the title officially by an Act of Parliament of 1861 and, assuming more of an executive and less of a consultative role, dealt increasingly with domestic matters, from the 1840s given a range of regulatory duties in the economic sphere under various Acts of Parliament. During the 19th and 20th centuries the Board acquired many new responsibilities and, although several were later transferred to other government departments, its duties remained numerous, especially during wartime. By the 1960s it had general responsibility for commerce, industry and overseas trade, and in particular commercial relations with other countries. The Board's functions altered frequently during administrative reorganisations of the 1960s, losing and regaining responsibilities from other ministries. In 1970 the Board was merged with the Ministry of Technology to form the Department of Trade and Industry.


Scope and content/abstract:

Tariff information contained in press cuttings relating to Latin American trade, with separate volumes on Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Finding aids:

Basic file list available online.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented in 1976 by the Department of Trade.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The National Archives holds the records of the Department of Trade and its predecessor bodies (Ref: BT).

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Description Notes

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Date(s) of descriptions:
1999, revised Aug 2001; revised July 2018

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