Secretary's Department

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Secretary's Department
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Department overview
Formed1860
Preceding Department
Dissolved1877
Superseding department
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersAdmiralty Building
Whitehall
London
Department executives
Parent DepartmentDepartment of Admiralty

The Secretaries Department consisted of the offices of the Secretary to the Admiralty later First Secretary to the Admiralty and the Assistant Secretary to the Admiralty later Second Secretary to the Admiralty.[1]. In 1872 a third secretary was established the Naval Secretary to the Board of Admiralty. In 1877 the former Second Secretary now called the Permanent Secretary his office was abolished at which point this department was replaced by a new Naval Department.

The Secretaries Department was responsible for coordinating all the work between all the branches, departments, divisions, offices, sections of the Department of Admiralty.

History

The department consisted of the offices of the both the First and Second Secretaries to the Admiralty. Additionally it included the the office of the Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, the offices of the Private Secretaries to the the First and Second Secretaries, together with the Private Secretaries to the naval and civil lords of the Board of Admiralty.[2] The head of the clerical staff was the Chief Clerk to the Admiralty, the clerical staff of the department numbered approximately 58 personnel in 1862. This department superintended the Admiralty Secretariat. [3]

In 1832 the Admiralty Secretariat had introduced four specialist sub branches to handle particular areas of admiralty business, by 1869 these branches had expanded to nine. They included the Military Branch, the Naval Branch, Commission Branch, Warrant Branch, Legal Branch, Miscellaneous Branch, Pension Branch, Establishment Branch formerly the Civil Branch and Steam Branch.[4] On 20 June 1869 the office of the Second Secretary to the Admiralty was renamed the Permanent Secretary to the Admiralty.

In 1871 the office of the First Secretary to the Admiralty was renamed the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty. On 8 May 1872 a third secretary was established the Naval Secretary to the Board of Admiralty he was assigned responsibility for the following admiralty secretariat branches, the Military Branch, the Naval Branch, the former separate branches of commission and warrant were now unified as the Commission and Warrant Branch and the Pension Branch.

In 1877 the former Second Secretary now called the Permanent Secretary and his office was abolished at which point this department was replaced by a new Naval Department. In the 1882 the Naval Department itself was abolished former office of permanent secretary was reestablished now known as the Department of the Permanent Secretary now as a distinct and separate department. The former First Secretary now renamed the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty.

Head of Department

  1. First Secretary to the Admiralty (1860-1877)

Deputy Head of Department

  1. Second Secretary to the Admiralty (1860-1877)
  2. Naval Secretary to the Board of Admiralty (1872-1877)

Note: The three secretaries were supported by the head of the civil establishment or civil service staff known as the Chief Clerk.

Civil Establishment

Chief Clerk

  • 1870-1877, Mr. Thomas Wooley.[5]

Components

  1. Admiralty Secretariat (Secretary's Department) (1860-1877)

Departments at Admiralty Headquarters

These departments were overseen by this department.[6]

  1. Head Messengers Office (1666-1870).[7]
  2. Porters Office (1676-1870).[8]
  3. Necessary Woman's Office (1694-1865).[9]
  4. Translators Office (1755-1869).[10]
  5. Board Room Messengers Office (1806-1868).[11]
  6. Readers Office (1841-1870).[12]
  7. Admiralty Librarian (1862-1870).[13]
  8. Digest Writers Office (1863-1870).[14]
  9. Index Writers Office (1863-1870).[15]


Footnotes

  1. Admiralty, British (December 1864). "Civil Service: Secretary's Department". The Navy List. London: John Murray. p. 242.
  2. Navy List. Dec. 1864. p.242.
  3. Navy List. Dec. 1864. p.242.
  4. United Kingdom, Parliament of the (1869). Accounts and Papers of the House of Commons. London: H.M.S.O. p. 8.
  5. Admiralty, British (September 1877). The Navy list. London: H.M. Stationery Office. p. 231.
  6. Sainty, J. C. (1975). "Office-Holders in Modern Britain: British History Online: Table of Contents". www.british-history.ac.uk. London: University of London. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  7. Sainty. TOC.
  8. Sainty. TOC.
  9. Sainty. TOC.
  10. Sainty. TOC.
  11. Sainty. TOC.
  12. Sainty. TOC.
  13. Sainty. TOC.
  14. Sainty. TOC.
  15. Sainty. TOC.