Fonds GB 0210 CWMR - Council for Wales and Monmouthshire Records,

Identity area

Reference code

GB 0210 CWMR


Council for Wales and Monmouthshire Records,


  • 1949-1959 / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.045 cubic metres (5 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

The Council for Wales and Monmouthshire was established by the Attlee government in May 1949 (as an alternative to a Welsh Secretary of State) as a nominated advisory council, but was denied any statutory powers. Its first chairman was the influential north Wales trade union leader Dr Huw T. Edwards. The Council produced detailed reports on the problems facing Wales, and consistently pressed for extended functions for government departments in Wales. The Council's publication Government Administration in Wales: Third Memorandum of the Council for Wales and Monmouthshire, Cmnd. 53 (HMSO, 1957) (the product of two years' intensive work) reopened the discussion on the Labour Party's position on Welsh devolution. Edwards resigned as chairman of the Council in 1958 and joined Plaid Cymru, in response to the lack of enthusiasm in the Labour Party for any separate powers for Wales. Nevertheless, the report paved the way for the inclusion of a policy commitment on the appointment of a Secretary of State for Wales in the 1959 Labour Party manifesto. Following Edwards's resignation, the Council was reconstituted, but thereafter declined in importance, although it remained in existence until 1966, when the post of Secretary of State for Wales was created by the Labour government.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Prof. Henry Lewis, Ynystawe, Swansea, 1961.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Minutes of the meetings of the Council, 1949-1959; memoranda, reports and notes deriving from the activities of the Council, 1949-1959, together with subject files covering regional devolution, trade at the south Wales ports, transport services in Wales, employment and the repopulation of the rural areas, a Welsh Television Service, functions exercised by the Welsh Office, and the Welsh economy.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright regulations apply.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed on-line.

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Existence and location of copies

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Notes area


Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

January 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following source was consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Council of Wales and Monmouthshire records.

Accession area