Committee on Training in Public Administration for Overseas Countries

Scope and Content

Records of the Committee on Training in Public Administration for Overseas Countries, 1961-1962: comprising records of planning of work, and draft reports; draft minutes of Committee meetings; general memoranda and notes; memoranda and reports relating to training in Britain from organisations, institutions and individuals; memoranda and reports relating to overseas training from organisations, institutions and individuals; general papers, and miscellaneous correspondence, publications and reports.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Committee was set up in December 1961, to advise the Secretary for Technical Co-operation on the training facilities in public administration and related subjects provided in the UK for government servants and other public employees from overseas, and the arrangements for assistance from the UK in building up local facilities in this field; and report on their adequacy for present and forseeable future demand. It met several times over the next year, receiving written and oral evidence from numerous parties, and reported back at the end of 1962.


The papers are divided according to the type of record. The first section comprises papers concerning the planning and reporting of work undertaken by the Committee; the second contains minutes of meetings; and the remainder are series of correspondence received.

Access Information

Open although advance notice should be given. Access to individual items may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or Freedom of Information legislation.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued to item level (see link to repository catalogue).

Archivist's Note

Compiled 2000, revised by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Separated Material

Official records of the Committee are available at the Public Record Office, Kew (ref OD19); many of the items in the set at ICS are duplicates of these.

Conditions Governing Use

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the ICS Library staff. Copies are supplied solely for research or private study. Requests to publish, or quote from original material should be submitted to the Information Resources Manager. Much of the material is in Crown Copyright.

Custodial History

The records are presumed (from internal evidence) to have been accumulated by Mrs EM Chilver, a member of the Committee, and remained in her custody until they were donated to the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at an unknown date.