Copy of typed notes by the British jurist and Labour politician Lord Chorley [Robert Samuel Theodore Chorley, 1st Baron Chorley] for a talk by him as part of a discussion on the role of the British civil service.

Robert Samuel Theodore Chorley (1895-1978), 1st Baron Chorley QC, British jurist and Labour politician [National Service; the civil servant]
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11pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged paper, with a couple of manuscript emendations. Without title, date or author's name. Can be dated to 1952 from comment on p.9: 'Power of Service enormously greater in 1952 than in 1852 - both individually and collectively.' Chorley's authorship is clear from the context: on the second page he recalls that he was 'a temporary Civil Servant in the first world war', and the document concludes: 'Suspect chosen because identified with Chorley Report - no responsibility beyond that of other members of the Committee. | Lord Crook and "sick and tired of Chorley" will endeavour to bring these remarks to an end before the audience becomes "sick and tired".' The first paragraph makes clear the subject of the talk : 'I image that those who selected the subject for tonights discussion had observed that there is a close connection between the sort of function which the machinery of State performs in any particular society and the sort of Civil Service which is required in that State, and wished to get the views on the problem of some person who could look at it from both the political angle and the administrative angle. I will do my best to pick out what sem to be the most important points.' Becomes more like shorthand as document proceeds. From the Chorley papers.