The Commission was set up at the request of the 1979 Labour Party conference. Three panels reported on Political Education, Finance, Organisation and Membership. Jenkins was a Commission member and Chairman of the Finance Panel. He was also a member of the Political Education Panel and received papers but was not present at meetings. Most files appear to have been arranged by Stella Houlder, of the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs (ASTMS), secretary to the Finance Panel and some correspondence is addressed to her. The bulk of the material is photocopies of circulated papers, some annotated by Jenkins. Duplicate minutes and board papers have been destroyed, except where the same paper appears in the context of different meetings. The content of evidence files have been left in their original order, by reference number.
Except where indicated, records in this collection are immediately open for research, provided that such research does not concern Mr Jenkins's personal affairs. If it does, applications for access will have to be referred by the Centre to Mr Jenkins's family. Some items are closed until a certain year to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act.
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