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ì Source: Melita Historica. Malta Historical Society. 6(1972)1(81-90).

[p.81] A Checklist of Post-War British Government Publications relating to Malta

Compiled by

R.H.A. Cheffins

            The following list updates that of Donald Simpson published in Melita Historica in 1954. [1] It is not, however, strictly a continuation for it differs in a number of ways from its predecessor. I have chosen to overlap slightly with Mr Simpson’s list as I feel that 1945 constitutes a more appropriate starting point than 1950 when that finished. The difference in the length of period covered — barely 25 years compared to a century and a half — has enabled me to extend the scope of this list. Mr. Simpson’s list was confined largely, though not entirely, to Parliamentary Papers as anything of consequence was usually published in this form by the British government in the nineteeth and early twentieth centuries. More recently the importance of ‘non-parliamentary’ publications (i.e. those not ‘presented to Parliament’) has grown and this is reflected in the list that follows. I have also tried to include a complete list of subordinate legislation on Malta which usually took the form of laws made by Royal prerogative such as Letters Patent and Orders in Council. General works on the Commonwealth, many of which contain material on Malta, have been excluded except those few which were arranged topographically and in which there were separate sections on Malta.

            All this has made this list quite as bulky as its predecessor and it would have been bulkier still had I not reluctantly abandoned the subject arrangement of Mr. Simpson’s list. Instead I have arranged the items in three sections according to their type of publication — Legislation, Parliamentary Papers, and Non-Parliamentary Publications. The first two are sub-arranged chronologically, the last alphabetically by department. Publications in the first two sections were normally published twice, first as separate items and subsequently in collected series (laws in annual volumes and Parliamentary Papers in sessional series — a session [p.82] normally runs from November to November but can be longer or shorter as the exigencies of Parliament require). As it is generally easier to consult the collected series, I have included abbreviated references to them in the list that follows. In each case they follow the main citations and are separated from them by semi-colons. Imprint details have been omitted in all cases. His (Her) Majesty’s Stationery Office published everything in Sections I and II and all but items 71-81, 83-5, 87-8, 91-2, 94, 105-7, 113-14 and 118-9 in Section III. These items were issued directly by the departments concerned.

            Finally it should be mentioned that several of the items listed — all the constitutional documents and many of the economic or financial reports — were also published as Maltese government publications, usually as supplements to the Malta Government Gazette. For example, the ‘Malta Independence Order,’ published in Britain as a Statutory Instrument, [2] can probably be consulted more easily in Malta as Supplement to the Malta Government Gazette, No. 11,688 of 18th September 1964 (pp. 7-146).

            ABBREVIATIONS. The following abbreviations, in addition to those in common use, have been used:-

            cap.                                         caput (i.e. chapter — all Acts of Parliament of a given year are technically one, the individual Acts being strictly mere ‘chapters’ of the whole).

            Cmd. (from 1956: Cmnd.)       Command Paper.

            HC                                          House of Commons Paper.

            HC Bill                        House of Commons Bill.

            HL                                          House of Lords Paper and Bill. (numbered in a single sequence).

            PGA                                        Public General Acts.

            SR & O & SI Rev.       Statutory Rules and Orders and Statutory Instruments, revised to [p.83] December 31, 1948 (and published                                                 1951).

            SI                                             Statutory Instrument(s). (used of both the individual Instrument and of the annual collected volumes of Instruments).

            NOTE. Volume numbers in the collected series are given in Roman numerals. The Arabic numerals which follow refer to the page in the volume where the item can be found. Volumes of Sessional (Parliamentary) Papers number afresh each session.

          I.           LEGISLATION: Acts of Parliament and subordinate legislation. (N.B. Draft legislation, i.e. Bills, are included in Section II).

            1.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947 (10 & 11 Geo. 6 cap. 9); PGA 1947, 18.

            2.         Malta (Constitution) Letters Patent 1947; SR & O & SI Rev., XIII, 133.

            3.         Malta (Office of Governor) Letters Patent 1947; SR & O & SI Rev., XIII, 155.

            4.         Malta Royal Instructions 1947; not published in a collected edition.

            5.         Malta (Constitution) (Amendment) Letters Patent 1953; SI 1953, II, 2793.

            6.         Malta (Constitution) (Amendment) (No. 2) Letters Patent 1953; SI 1953, II, 2794.

            7.         Malta (Emergency Powers) Order in Council 1953; SI 1953, II, 2797.

            8.         Malta (Constitution) (Amendment) Letters Patent 1958; SI 1958, II, 2911.

            9.         Malta (Constitution) (Temporary Provisions) Letters Patent 1958; II, 2912.

          10.         Malta (Emergency Powers) (Temporary Provisions) Order in Council 1958; SI 1958, II, 2913.

          11.         Malta (Letters Patent) Act, 1959 (7 & 8 Eliz. 2 cap. 14); PGA 1959, 12.

          12.         Malta (Constitution) Order in Council 1959, SI 1959, II, 3475.

          13.         Malta Royal Instructions 1959; SI 1959, II, 3497.

          14.         Malta (Constitution) (Amendment) Order in Council 1960; SI 1960, III, 4171.

          15.         Malta (Electoral Provisions) Order in Council 1961; SI 1961, II 3371.

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          16.         Malta (Constitution) Order in Council 1961; SI 1961, III, 4581.

          17.         Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Malta) Order 1962 (SI 1962 No. 639); SI 1962, I, 666.

          18.         Malta (Constitution) (Amendment) Order in Council 1962; SI 1962. II, 2398.

          19.         Malta (Constitution) (Amendment No. 2) Order in Council 1962; SI 1962, II, 2414.

          20.         Malta (Constitution) (Modification) Order in Council 1963; SI 1963, II, 2770.

          21.         Malta (Constitution) (Amendment) Order in Council 1964; SI 1964, I, 1215.

          22.         Malta (Constitution) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order in Council 1964; SI 1964, II, 3125.

          23.         Malta (Constitution) (Amendment) (No. 3) Order in Council 1964; SI 1964, II, 3165.

          24.         Malta Independence Act 1964 (Eliz. 2 1964 cap. 86); PGA 1964, II, 1305.

          25.         Malta Independence Order 1964 (SI 1964 No. 1398); SI 1964, III, 3207.

          26.         Patents Etc. (Malta) (Convention) Order 1967 (SI 1967 (SI 1967 No. 1682); SI                   1967, III, 4598.

          II.          PARLIAMENTARY (or SESSIONAL) PAPERS. House of Commons Papers, House of Commons Bills, House of Lords Papers and Bills, and Command Papers.

          27.         Malta. Statement of policy on constitutional reform. (Cmd. 7014 of 1946-47); XIX, 141.

          28.         Malta (Reconstruction) Bill (HC Bill 22 of 1946-47); III, 5.

          29.         Malta (Reconstruction) Bill (HL 29 of 1946-47); HL III.

          30.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1948-49. Account prepared in pursuance of Section 2(2) of the Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947, of the sums issued to the Government of Malta out of the Consolidated Fund under Section I in respect of expenses incurred by the Government in making good war damage and in carrying out works in connexion with general reconstruction and planning for the period ended 31st March 1949 (HC 39 of 1950-51); XXI, 553.

          31.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1949-50 . . . (HC 289 of 1950-51); XXI, 557.

          32.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1950-51 . . . (HC 15 of 1952-53); XVIII, 523.

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          33.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1951-52 . . . (HC 258 of 1952-53); XVIII, 527.

          34.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1952-53 . . . (HC 193 of 1953-54); XX, 553.

          35.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1953-54 . . . (HC 126 of 1954-55); VII, 327.

          36.         Malta Round Table Conference 1955. Report. (Cmd. 9657 of 1955-56); XXII, 1017.

          37.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1954-55 . . . (HC 318 of 1955-56); XXIX, 803.

          38.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1955-56 . . . (HC 121 of 1956-57); XX, 539.

          39.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1956-57 . . . (HC 7 of 1958-59); XX, 485.

          40.         Malta (Letters Patent) Bill. (HC bill 59 of 1958-59); II, 689.

          41.         Malta (Letters Patent) Bill. (HL 63 of 1958-59); HL III.

          42.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1957-58 . . . (HC 5 of 1959-60); XXII, 551.

          43.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1958-59 . . . (HC 66 of 1960-61); XXII, 549.

          44.         Report of the Malta Constitutional Commission [Chairman: Sir Hilary Blood].  (Cmnd. 1261 of 1960-61); X, 867.

          45.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1959-60 . . . (HC 5 of 1961-62); XXV, 529.

          46.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1960-61 . . . (HC 312 of 1961-62); XXV, 533.

          47.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1961-62 . . . (HC 344 of 1962-63); XXVI, 469.

          48.         Report by Mr. J.B. Murie dated 15th August 1962 on Bailey (Malta) Ltd. (HC 131 of 1962-63); X, 877.

          49.         Colonial Loans Act, 1949. Statement of guarantee given by the Treasury on 31st August 1963 in pursuance of Section I of the Colonial Loans Act 1949, as amended, on a loan to be made to the State of Malta by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. (HC 350 of 1962-63); XXVI, 155.

          50.         Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations, and Medals. Royal Warrant extending the Civil Defence Long Service Medal to Gibraltar, Hong Kong, and Malta G.C. (Cmnd. 2100 of 1962-63); XXXI, 121.

          51.         Malta Independence Conference, 1963 (Cmnd. 2121 of 1962-63); X, 953.

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          52.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1962-63 . . . (HC 220 of 1963-64); XXI, 423.

          53.         Malta Independence Bill (HC Bill 202 of 1963-64); II, 885.

          54.         Malta Independence Bill (HL 205 of 1963-64); HL III.

          55.         Malta Independence Bill. Amendment to be moved in Committee (HL 205 a of 1963-64); HL III.

          56.         Malta Independence Constitution. (Cmnd. 2406 of 1963-64); XXV, 83.

          57.         Malta. Proposed agreement on mutual defence and assistance between the Government of the United Kingdom . . . and the Government of Malta. (Cmnd. 2410 of 1963-64); XXXIII, 375.

          58.         Malta. Proposed agreement on financial assistance between the Government of the United Kingdom . . . and the Government of Malta. (Cmnd. 2423 of 1963-64); XXXIII, 369.

          59.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1963-64 . . . (HC 200 of 1964-65); XXIV, 411.

          60.         Malta. International Rights and Obligations. Exchange of Letters between the Government of the United Kingdom . . . and the Government of Malta relating to the inheritance of International Rights and Obligations by the Government of Malta. (Cmnd. 2633 of 1964-65); XXXIV, 417.

          61.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1964-65 . . . (HC 205 of 1966-67);LII, 659.

          62.         Treasury minute dated 12th October 1965, relative to the gift of stores to the Government of Malta. (Cmnd. 2827 of 1965 66); XIII, 149.

          63.         Malta. Treaty Series No. 54 (1966). Agreement on mutual defence and assistance between the Government of the United Kingdom . . . and the Government of Malta (with exchange of letters), Malta, 21st September 1964. (Cmnd. 3110 of 1966-67); LXVI, 67.

          64.         Malta. Treaty Series No. 55 (1966). Agreement on financial assistance between the Government of the United Kingdom . . . and the Government of Malta (with exchange of letters), Malta, 21st September 1964. (Cmnd. 3111 of 1966-67); LXVI, 61.

          65.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1965-66 . . . (HC 542 of 1966-67);LII, 663.

          66.         Report of the Joint Mission for Malta [Chairman: The Lord Robens], 18th July 1967. (Cmnd. 3366 of 1966-7); XXV, 903.

          67.         Malta. Treaty Series No. 87 (1967). Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom . . . and the Government of Malta for Air Services between and beyond their respective territories. Valletta, 10 July 1967. (Cmnd. 3451 of 1967-68); XXVIII, 605.

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          68.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1966-67 . . . (HC 428 of 1967-8); XXXIV, 405.

          69.         Malta. Treaty Series No. 34 (1969). Exchange of Letters between the Government of the United Kingdom . . . and the Government of Malta amending the Air Services Agreement signed at Valletta on July 10, 1967. Floriana, December 23, 1968. (Cmnd. 3942 of 1968-69); LVII, 747.

          70.         Malta (Reconstruction) Act, 1947. Account 1967-68 . . . (HC 455 of 1968-69); XLVII, 661.

          III.         NON-PARLIAMENTARY PUBLICATIONS: Publications issued by Government Departments and notpresented to Parliament.’

          71.         ADMIRALTY. Hydrographic Office. Chart No. 36. Marsaxlokk. Scale 1:9150. 1959.

          72.         ADMIRALTY. Hydrographic Office. Chart No. 165. Bougie to Malta including Sicily. Scale 1:697,000 New Ed., 1952.

          73.         ADMIRALTY. Hydrographic Office. Chart No. 194. The approaches to Malta and Gozo. Scale 1:100,000. 1955.

          74.         ADMIRALTY. Hydrographic Ofice. Chart No. 195. Plans in Malta and Gozo. St. Paul’s Bay. Scale 1:12,000; Qala tad-Dwejra. Scale 1:400. Rev. ed., 1958.

          75.         ADMIRALTY. Hydrographic Office. Chart No. 974. The Valletta Harbours. Scale 1:4840. New ed., 1955.

          76.         ADMIRALTY. Hydrographic Office. Chart No. 2537. Ras-ir-Raheb to the Valletta Harbours including Gozo. Scale 1:37,500. 1960.

          77.         ADMIRALTY. Hydrographic Office. Chart No. 2538. The approaches to the Valletta Harbours and Marsaxlokk. Scale 1:37,500. 1960.

          78.         ADMIRALTY. Hydrographic Office. Chart No. 2539. Ras-il-Wahx to Delimara Point. Scale 1:37,500. 1959.

          79.         ADMIRALTY. Hydrographic Office. Chart No. 2623. The Comino Channels. Scale 1:25,000. 1959.

          80.         ADMIRALTY. Hydrographic Office. Chart No. 3670. The approaches to Malta from Lampedusa to Cape Passero. Scale 1:300,000. Rev. ed., 1950.

          81.         ADMIRALTY. Hydrographic Office. Mediterranean pilot. Volume I [containing] . . . the Maltese Islands . . . 8th ed., 1951 (Publication 45).

          82.         BOARD OF INLAND REVENUE. Income taxes outside the United Kingdom [latest ed.] 1969 (published 1971). Volume 5. Japan to New Zealand, pp. 239-262. Malta.

          83.         BOARD OF TRADE. Hints to business men visiting Cyprus, [p.88] Gibraltar and Malta. [last ed.] 1958. became . . .

          84.         BOARD OF TRADE. Hints to business men visiting Gibraltar and Malta. [last ed.] 1964 became . . .

          85.         BOARD OF TRADE. Hints to business men visiting Malta. [latest ed.] 1971.

          86.         BRITISH COMMITTEE ON THE PRESERVATION AND RESTITUTION OF WORKS OF ART, ARCHIVES AND OTHER MATERIALS IN ENEMY HANDS. Works of art in Malta. Losses and survival in the war, compiled by Hugh Braun. 1946.

          87.         BRITISH INFORMATION SERVICES. New York Office. Malta. Rev. March 1964. (ID 1447). 1964.

          88.         CENTRAL OFFICE OF INFORMATION. Elections in Malta. 1962. (Factel No. 286).

          89.         CENTRAL OFFICE OF INFORMATION. Malta [an illustrated pamphlet]. 1964.

          90.         CENTRAL OFFICE OF INFORMATION. Malta. 1966. (Fact Sheets on the Commonwealth).

          91.         CENTRAL OFFICE OF INFORMATION. Malta. 1961. (Factel No. 199).

          92.         CENTRAL OFFICE OF INFORMATION. Malta 1964. (Reference Pamphlet 63).

          93.         CENTRAL OFFICE OF INFORMATION. Malta: Independence Constitution, 1964. Supplement to Malta Reference Pamphlet No. 63. 1964.

          94.         CENTRAL OFFICE OF INFORMATION. Malta on the eve of independence. 1964. (Factel No. 413).

          95.         CIVIL SERVICE ARBITRATION TRIBUNAL. Certain locally entered staffs employed by the Admiralty in Malta: salary scales claims for increase with retrospective effect. 1958.

          96.         COLONIAL OFFICE. An economic survey of the colonial territories. Vol. 6. The Mediterranean and Pacific territories: Malta, Cyprus, Gibraltar etc, 1953. (Colonial No. 281(6) ).

          97.         COLONIAL OFFICE. Interim report on the financial and economic structure of the Maltese Islands ..., by Sir George Schuster. 1950. (Colonial No. 260).

          98.         COLONIAL OFFICE. Malta. Interim report of the Economic Commission. [Sir George E. Schuster and W.E. Scott, commissioners]. 1957. (Colonial No. 329).

          99.         COLONIAL OFFICE. Malta. requests for financial and economic assistance.1949. (Colonial No. 253).

        100.         COLONIAL OFFICE. Malta. Report of the Constitutional Commissioner (Sir Harold MacMichael). 1947. (Colonial No. 207).

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        101.         COLONIAL OFFICE. Malta. Report of the Economic Commission. [Sir George E. Schuster and W.E. Scott, commissioners]. 1957. (Colonial No. 332).

        102.         COLONIAL OFFICE. Report of the finances of the Government of Malta by Sir Wilfred Woods. 1946. (Colonial No. 196).

        103.         COLONIAL OFFICE. Soils of Malta and Gozo, by D.H. Lang. 1960. (Colonial Research Studies No. 29).

        104.         COMMONWEALTH ECONOMIC COMITTEE. Commonwealth development and its financing. 10, Malta. 1966.

        105.         DIRECTORATE OF OVERSEAS SURVEYS. Malta 1:2500 [about 25 inches to one mile]. (DOS 152 Series M 897). Various eds., various dates. 200 sheets. (149 Malta, 49 Gozo, 2 Comino). updated by continuous revision.

        106.         DIRECTORATE OF OVERSEAS SURVEYS. Malta 1:25,000 [about 21 inches to one mile]. (DOS 352 Series M 898). 1st ed., 1962-63. 3 sheets.

        107.         DIRECTORATE OF OVERSEAS SURVEYS. Malta and Gozo soil map 1:31,680 [two inches to one mile]. (DOS (Misc.) 258). [Base map: 9SGS 3859 Series M 893, 4th/5th ed., 1958] To accompany D.M. Lang’s Soils of Malta and Gozo (Colonial Research Studies, 29). 1960.

        108.         METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE. The Rainfall of Malta, by B.F. Bulmer and K. Stormonth. 1963 (Scientific Paper No. 3).

        109.         METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE. Report on a tornado at Malta, October 14, 1960, by T. H. Kirk and D.T.J. Dean. 1963. (Geophysical Memoirs No. 107).

        110.         METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE. Upper air data for stations maintained by the Meteorological Office. Summaries of radiosonde observations of temperature and humidity and of radar wind measurements at standard pressure levels, 1946-50. (MO 555). Pt. 4 Malta [with addendum]. 1953 [addendum 1957].

        111.         METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE. Upper air data . . . 1951-52 (MO . 628). Pt. 6. Malta. 1960.

        112.         METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE. Weather in the Mediterranean. 2nd ed., 1945-64. (MO. 391). 3 vols.

        113.         MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE FISHERIES AND FOOD. Milk and Milk Products Division. The dairy industry in the Maltese Islands 1956, a report by G.W. Ford. 1956.

        114.         MINISTRY OF OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT. Living in Malta. Rev. ed., 1969.

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        115.         NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM. The maritime siege of Malta 1565. [An exhibition catalogue]. 1970.

        116.         WAR OFFICE. Maltese units — retired pay and pensions in respect of service in the army. 1952. (Special Army Order No. 64).

        117.         WAR OFFICE. Maltese units — service retired pay, pensions and gratuities. 1949. (Special Army Order No. 119).

        118.         WAR OFFICE Geographical Section General Staff. Malta. 1:10,560 [six inches to one mile] (GSGS 3852) Reprinted 1966. 10 sheets. covers the Island of Malta only.

        119.         WAR OFFICE Geographical Section General Staff. Malta and Gozo 1:31,680 [two inches to one mile] (GSGS 3859 Series M 893). Sheet I Gozo 4th ed., Sheet 2 Malta 5th ed., 1958. 2 sheets.

ì [Richard H.A. Cheffins]



[1]            A Checklist of British Official Publications relating to Malta, 1801-1951. Melita Historica, Vol. I, No. 3, pp. 150-155.

[2]            1964 No. 1398 (see item No. 25 below).