Reference HO 199/483
Title Security Executive: functions
Former Department Reference HSI: 192
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Information Services and Propaganda
Subthemes Central and local government, Censorship and surveillance
Document Types Memoranda
Locations India
Organisations Committee on Communism, Council for the Preservation of Rural England, Liaison Officers' Conference, Seamen and Overseas Shipping Committee, Security Executive, Shipping Information and Home Shipping Committee


A file containing documents relating to the establishment and functions of the Security Executive. Documents in the file include a memorandum prepared by the chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Security, Alfred Duff Cooper, detailing the functions of the executive; and a memorandum on the roles of different government departments and the overlap between these roles. Topics discussed in the file include a definition of "security"; departmental responsibilities for security matters; and the make-up and membership of the Security Executive. Other topics covered include the committees that report to the Security Executive; and the scope of the executive, including its role in censorship, espionage, and sabotage.


air raids, Alfred Duff Cooper, aliens, bomb damage, British Dominions, British Union of Fascists, censorship, civil defence, clothing, committee members, Communism, Communist Party of Great Britain, conscientious objectors, departmental responsibilities, dockyards, espionage, factories, Fascism, government committees, government departments, identity cards, infrastructure, internment, newspapers, pacifism, police, ports, postal communications, prisoners of war, propaganda, radio broadcasts, rumours, sabotage, telegraphic communications, telephonic communications, uniforms

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