By John F. Naylor
The debate surrounding the book of Richard Crossman's cupboard Diaries (1975) delivered to the fore opposing options of 'open' and 'closed' govt inside Britain's loose society. whereas a stability has for the instant been struck about the secrecy of cupboard complaints, a old query continues to be: by way of what procedure, and with what effects, has reputable secrecy come to envelop the practices of recent cupboard govt? This publication tackles that key query, drawing upon a uniquely wide variety of respectable and personal papers to envision the old improvement of the cupboard workplace, the custodian of cupboard secrecy. tested by means of Lloyd George within the administrative chaos of 1916, the cupboard Secretariat - because it was once first identified - emerged because the principal service provider 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 place of work unfastened from partisan taint and he in my view served all Britain's inter-war leading Ministers as confidant and influential consultant.