- 1954 (Creation)
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The AC/71 chronological series contains the documents of the Working Party on the Formation of a Defence Production Committee(1). The Working Party was set up by the Council at its 3 March 1954 meeting, to consider the Belgian proposal for a standing committee advising on essential defence production questions(2). Since the 1952 Lisbon Conference this had been under consideration by the Production and Logistics Division. The Working Party comprised experts from Delegations, International Staff members and a Standing Group Liaison Office representative, chaired by the Assistant Secretary General for Production and Logistics, who met to draft terms of reference for the new committee and recommend that it be set up.The Working Party operated from 3 March to 21 April 1954, then was disbanded after the formation of the Defence Production Committee on 20 April 1954(3).
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The AC/71 series includes drafts of a report recommending the creation of the committee, and of terms of reference for it. It also records the discussions and outcome of the Working Party meetings.
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The AC/71 series is arranged by type - document (D), notice (N), record (R) - and then by number.
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NATO publicly disclosed information is available for research and education purposes. Any commercial use requires the written permission of NATO. Please credit the NATO Archives should any documents be used for publication. Guidelines for the proper citation of NATO publicly disclosed information can be found on the NATO Archives website (http://www.nato.int/archives).
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The chronological series of documents were circulated in both NATO official languages (English and French).
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(1) The title of the Working Party varies: the documents have "Working Party on the Formation of a Production Committee", "Working Group on the Formation of a Production Committee", "Working Party on the Formation of a Military Production and Equipment Committee", "Working Group on the Formation of a Defence Production Committee" and "Working Party on the Formation of a Defence Production Committee".
(2) Although the creation of this Working Party is formally recorded in a Council document (C-R(54)7 part 4) the terms of reference, if they ever existed, do not seem to have been preserved.
(3) See the series under reference AC/74.
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