By John F. Naylor
The debate surrounding the ebook of Richard Crossman's cupboard Diaries (1975) dropped at the fore opposing recommendations of 'open' and 'closed' executive inside Britain's loose society. whereas a stability has for the instant been struck about the secrecy of cupboard court cases, a historic query continues to be: through what strategy, and with what effects, has reliable secrecy come to envelop the practices of contemporary cupboard executive? This ebook tackles that key query, drawing upon a uniquely wide variety of legitimate and personal papers to check the historic improvement of the cupboard workplace, the custodian of cupboard secrecy. confirmed via Lloyd George within the administrative chaos of 1916, the cupboard Secretariat - because it was once first identified - emerged because the vital supplier for the administration of cupboard company, operating heavily with the top 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 unfastened from partisan taint and he in my view served all Britain's inter-war top Ministers as confidant and influential consultant.
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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.
Lord Derby's restrained language of 1877 - ' he understood that the recollection of some of his colleagues was of a different character' - stands as an early epitaph for a lack of system which, at its worst, precipitated unjustified and unnecessary ministerial resignations. 62 Earlier, Hankey had witnessed at a remove ministerial misunderstanding and the imprecise execution of a Cabinet decision on 29 July 1914 to put into immediate operation measures deemed precautionary in view of the outbreak of war in Europe.
The persons notified to attend varied from 3 to 4 to about a dozen and generally included the head of more than one of the great departments as well as permanent officials or officers of the services and experts. The whole arrangement appeared to be effective and businesslike, but I [C. P. Scott, Carson's interlocuter] remarked that it appeared to place the great officers of State in an extremely subordinate position. 106 To strengthen the Secretariat's personnel, the War Cabinet approved, on 18 December, the appointments of four Assistant Secretaries: G.
A Man and an Institution: Sir Maurice Hankey, the Cabinet Secretariat and the Custody of Cabinet Secrecy by John F. Naylor