Britain’s Imperial Administrators, 1858–1966 by A. Kirk-Greene

By A. Kirk-Greene

Britain's well-known in a foreign country civil companies - the Colonial Administrative carrier, the Indian Civil carrier and the Sudan Political carrier - not exist as an immense and sought-after occupation for Britain's graduates. during this distinctive learn the heritage of every provider is gifted in the framework of the necessity to administer an increasing empire. shut consciousness is paid to the equipment of recruitment and coaching and to the socio-educational history of the in a foreign country directors in addition to to the character in their paintings. the celebrated incumbents of presidency residence are revealingly tested. The influence of decolonisation on in a foreign country officers and the categories of 'second careers' which they took up are documented. This authoritative narrative heritage is enlivened through recourse to provider lore and anecdotes.

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At the apex now was a new Ministry in Whitehall, with the post of an extra Secretary of State attached, additional to and quite separate from the two Secretaries of State responsible for Foreign and, since 1854, for Colonial affairs. This, then, was the decade in which the metropolitan administration of the British Empire assumed a new look and required new machinery. The anterior Honourable East India Company, whose own civil service had long regarded themselves as servants of the Queen l9 and in 1842 had come yet closer to the conventional status of a Crown Civil Service when the ranks of its executive servants were altered from Senior Merchant, Factor and Writer 10 civil servants of the first, second and third class, is considered in Chapter 3.

Each of his two departmental Under-Secretaries of State received a salary of £2000, against his £6000. The Colonial Office staff in 1831 totalled some thirty persons, two-thirds of them clerks, the remainder including a librarian, a precis writer, a housekeeper, and two office portersP Allowing for a generous interpretation of An Empire to be Administered: the Metropolitan Organization 29 the term 'colony' in the first half of the nineteenth century, the number of possessions for which the CO was responsible ranged from 29 in 1806 to 34 in 1828.

Servicing the Administrative Division were a small Executive Division and a large Clerical Division, staffed by over two hundred members of the clerical grade. There was a separate India Audit Office, a score of Miscellaneous Appointments, including an Assistant Government Director of Indian Railway Corporations, an Administrative Officer for Currency Duties and another for statistical quotations, and the important Library and Records staff. Two other structures furnished the dominant establishments, difference between the operation of the India Office and the Colonial Office.

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