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Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference DD
Title Scottish Office Development Department
Dates 1963-2003
Access status Restricted
Access conditions Subject to 30 year closure rule
Description The SDD's areas of responsibility originally covered general structure of local authority administration and finance; land use planning and the development of New Towns; housing; roads; water; electricity supply; sewerage; clean air; tourism; protection of amenity. In 1968 additional responsibilities were added for passenger transport by road, rail and sea with rural and Highland development as well. But these functions were transferred to the Scottish Economic Planning Department on its establishment in 1973. The SDD administered the rate support grant to local authorities and other grants and subsidies to specific services and agencies and determined the framework within which the various agencies and authorities operated.

DD1 Development Department: Establishment General Files
DD2 Letter Books. (Scottish Office)
DD3 Finance Files
DD4 Roads and Bridges Files
DD5 Local Government Files
DD6 Housing Files
DD7 Local Authority Accounts
DD8 Light Railways
DD9 Industrial pollution files
DD10 Regional Development Files
DD11 Electricity and Gas Supply Files
DD12 Planning files
DD13 Environmental services and pollution files
DD14 Central Land Board (Scotland) files
DD15 Highland development files
DD16 Rural and community development files
DD17 Transport files
DD18 Royal Commission on Local Government in Scotland records
DD19 Scottish Development Department: annual reports
DD20 Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland files
DD21 Land Commission Office for Scotland files
DD22 Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland records
DD23 Historic buildings and tree preservation files
DD24 Scottish Local Government Commission files
DD25 Scottish Local Government Property Commission files
DD26 Scottish Office Development Department: Departmental circulars
DD27 Ancient monuments case files
DD28 Urban Renewal Unit files
DD29 Ancient monuments policy files
DD30 Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland records
DD31 Local financial returns (Scotland)
DD32 Historic Buildings Council for Scotland files
DD33 Scottish Development Department: Published statistics
DD34 Planning advice notes
DD35 Research service files
DD36 Road Bridge photographs
DD37 Rural Environment and Nature Conservation files
DD38 Advisory Group on Sustainable Development in Scotland
DD39 Industrial Sites Register
DD40 River Purification Boards
Level Fonds
Accruals Further accruals via Scottish Executive/Scottish Government files review programme.
Admin history Created in June 1962, bringing together the Secretary of State's functions relating to physical and environmental development in Scotland which were previously discharged by the Scottish Home Department and the Department of Health for Scotland.These functions included Town and Country Planning (including New Towns), Roads, Housing, Building Standards, Water and Sewerage, Clean Air (pollution), Local Government matters and Electricity.

Prior to 1962 the public health functions (water and sewerage, clean air, housing and building standards) were the responsibility of the Local Government Board for Scotland (1894-1919), transferred to the Scottish Board of Health (1919-1928) and then to the Department of Health for Scotland (1928-1962). The Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1947 gave additional town and country planning policy work to the Department of Health for Scotland. The functions relating to industry and economic development were dealt with by the Scottish Home Department.

In 1973 the functions of regional development, electricity, highland and rural development, tourism, transport services and New Town Development Corporations were moved into the newly created Scottish Economic Planning Department but in September 1976, responsibility for transport services other than Peterhead Bay Harbour were transferred back to the Scottish Development Department. In 1991 the Scottish Development Department was re-named the Scottish Office Environment Department.

For further information see: Levitt, Ian 'The Origins of the Scottish Development Department, 1943-62', Scottish Affairs, Vol. 14, Winter 1996, pp. 42-63. ISSN 0966 0356
Arrangement Arranged roughly by departmental divisional responsibility and very roughly chronologically within each division.
Copies Published statistics and planning advice notes available in National Library of Scotland and good reference libraries.
Creator name Scottish Board of Health; Department of Health for Scotland; Scottish Development Department, Scottish Office Development Department
Finding aids Paper catalogue, most series on STATUS
Originals Originals
Publication note Statistical bulletins and planning advice notes published
Language English
Related record RHP140558 SEP18

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