By John F. Naylor
The talk surrounding the e-book of Richard Crossman's cupboard Diaries (1975) delivered to the fore opposing techniques of 'open' and 'closed' executive inside of Britain's unfastened society. whereas a stability has for the instant been struck about the secrecy of cupboard lawsuits, a old query continues to be: by means of what method, and with what effects, has respectable secrecy come to envelop the practices of contemporary cupboard govt? This booklet tackles that key query, drawing upon a uniquely wide variety of authentic and personal papers to envision the ancient improvement of the cupboard workplace, the custodian of cupboard secrecy. demonstrated by means of Lloyd George within the administrative chaos of 1916, the cupboard Secretariat - because it used to be first identified - emerged because the imperative enterprise for the administration of cupboard enterprise, operating heavily with the best Minister himself. In Sir Maurice Hankey's twenty-two-year time period as cupboard secretary, he presided over the institutionalisation of the Secretariat as an workplace loose from partisan taint and he individually served all Britain's inter-war leading Ministers as confidant and influential consultant.
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Until recently, historians had not generally differentiated sufficiently between the two operations; evidence of the actual influence of the 'Garden Suburb' is finally in hand, and its war-time activities have been clarified: its irregular status and ad hoc pursuits are confirmed; the myth of a Milnerite monolith operating in the gardens of No. 143 While 'influence' is difficult to measure, the time for confusing the two operations144 surely is now past. 145 The Committee of Imperial Defence had been quartered in No.
G. S. Adams, the' Garden Suburb' was organized in a manner not unlike Hankey's operation: each of Adams' four assistants advised on a particular group of topics in which he was knowledgeable, but other problems were investigated as they appeared. 136 With its tasks broadly defined ' to assist the Prime Minister in the discharge of the heavy responsibilities which fall upon him under the War Cabinet system,'137 the Prime Minister's Secretariat effectively found only discussion of military and naval policy beyond its scope; as it moved freely in other sectors, including foreign policy, conflict with departments was inherent in its operation.
May-November 1915] was itself in theory a Cabinet Committee, and held itsfirstmeeting without a Secretary. 153 The origins of the Cabinet Secretariat 35 Hankey attended these committee meetings to take manuscript notes from which decisions were extracted and circulated to the departments, although the right of appeal reserved for Cabinet discussion of contentious matters repeatedly compromised the committees' effectiveness. 154 The value of these records was underscored for Lloyd George when he began to gather documentation for his assault upon Asquith's war leadership.