Papers of Sir Laming Worthington-Evans

  • This material is held at
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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. hist. c. 890-940, d. 424-7, e. 319-20, f. 26
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  • Physical Description
      58 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Sir Laming's papers consist of:  

  • Papers as a Member of Parliament, 1899-1931
  • Papers relating to social, financial and economic policy, 1895, 1915-31, and miscellaneous cabinet papers, 1920-8
  • Papers relating to British policy towards Ireland, 1919-25
  • Papers relating to German reparations, 1919-24
  • Papers relating to the War Office, 1921-30
  • Papers relating to India, 1921-3
  • Papers relating to unemployment, 1922-9
  • Papers relating to International Economic Conference at Genoa, 1922
  • Personal papers and press cuttings

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Laming Worthington-Evans (1868-1931) was Conservative MP for Colchester from 1910 until 1929, and for St. George's, Hanover Square from 1929 until his death. At the outbreak of the First World War, Sir Laming was appointed Inspector of Administrative Service with the temporary rank of major and in 1916 controller of the Foreign Trade department of the Foreign Office. In Lloyd George's Coalition Government, he was successively Minister of Blockade, July 1918-January 1919, Minister of Pensions, January 1919-April 1920, Minister without Portfolio, 1920-February 1921, and Secretary of State for War, October 1921-2. In the Conservative Government he was Acting Secretary of State for India, March 1922, and Postmaster General, May 1923-January 1924. He served again as Secretary of State for War from November 1924-June 1929.

Sir Laming was one of the British delegates to the International Economic Conference at Genoa in 1922. He was a member of several Conservative and Unionist Party committees including the Policy committee which he chaired in 1927. He also served on various Cabinet Committees, including those relating to Northern Ireland, and Unemployment. He became chairman of the latter in August 1923.

Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

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Acquisition Information

Sir Laming's papers were given to the Library in 1972 by his son, the late Sir Shirley Worthington-Evans.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

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