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Ministry of Works

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June 1945.
Sept 1945.

1943 Formed from the Ministry of Works and Buildings

Post-WWII the Ministry of Works dealt with the de-requisitioning of property taken over for government use. The wartime decentralisation of government accommodation was continued in order to provide for new postwar departments and the growth of regional and local offices of government departments. However, the ministry's responsibilities in the field of postwar reconstruction were limited to technical aspects of building policy.

1945 Arranged demonstration of modern building tools (see adverts)

1962 the Ministry of Works was renamed the Ministry of Public Building and Works, with additional responsibility for studying the problems of the building industry, in particular the balance between house building and other building.

1970 The parallel and in some respects overlapping interests of the Ministry of Public Building and Works and the Ministry of Housing and Local Government were contributory factors leading to the setting up in November 1970 of the Department of the Environment, which absorbed them both, together with the Ministry of Transport.

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Sources of Information

  • [1] National Archives