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Birmingham Corporation Savings Bank:
Committee Members and Meetings
 
Resolutions
Passed
(see NOTE 1)
 Date
 N Chamberlain
(see NOTE 2)
J H Lloyd
T O Williams
 E Hallas
 C T Appleby
J Beard 
A D Brooks 
W E Lovsey
 [1] 
 1 - 10
 April 4th 1916
C
P
P
P
P
 
 
 
 [2]
 11 - 16
 April 17th 1916
C
P
P
 
P
 
 
 
 [3]
 17 - 18
 May 11th 1916
C
P
P
P
P
P
 
 
 [4]
 19 - 20
 May 19th 1916
C
P
P
P
P
 
 
 
 [5]
 21 - 29
 August 30th 1916
C
 
P
P
P
 
 
 
 [6]
 30 - 37
 September 8th 1916
C
P
 
P
P
 
 
 
 [7]
 38 - 45
 September 15th 1916
C
P
P
P
P
P
 
 
 [8]
  46 - 53
 September 22nd 1916
C
P
P
P
 
P
 
 
 [9]
 54 - 60
 September 28th 1916
C
P
 
P
 
P
 
 
 [10]
 61 - 69
 October 10th 1916
C
P
P
P
P
 
 
 
 [11]
 70
 October 16th 1916
C
P
 
P
P
 
 
 
 [12]
 70 - 77
 October 19th 1916
C
P
 
P
P
 
 
 
 [13]
 77A - 86
 November 28th 1916
C
 
 
P
P
P
 
 
 [14]
 87 - 104
 January 10th 1917
 
 
P
P
P
P
C
 
 [15]
 105 - 123
 June 28th 1917
 
P
 
 
P
 
C
 
 [16]
 124 - 132
 November 14th 1917
 
P
P
 
P
P
C
 
 [17]
 133 - 142
 November 29th 1917
 
 
 
P
P
 
C
 
 [18]
 143 - 151
 January 25th 1918
 
P
 
P
C
 
 
 
 [19]
 152 - 161
 June 18th 1918
P
P
P
 
P
 
C
 
 [20]
 162 - 171
 September 27th 1918
P
 
P
P
P
 
C
 
 [21]
 172 - 175
 October 17th 1918
C
 
 
P
P
 
 
 
 [22]
 176 - 182
 November 11th 1918
P
C
P
 
 
 
P
P
 [23]
 183 - 189
 December 2nd 1918
C
P
P
 
P
 
P
 
 [24]
 190 - 198
 January 6th 1919
C
P
P
 
P
 
 
P
 [25]
 199 - 217
 January 27th 1919
C
 
 
P
P
 
 
P
 [26]
 218 - 228
 March 3rd 1919
 
 
 
P
C
 
P
P
 [27]
 229 - 234
 March 24th 1919
C
P
 
P
P
P
P
P
 [28]
 235 - 247
 May 5th 1919
C
P
 
P
P
P
P
P
 [29]
 248 - 257
 June 2nd 1919
 
 
P
 
C
 
P
P
 [30]
 258 - 265
 June 23rd 1919
C
 
 
 
P
P
 
P
 [31]
 266 - 276
 July 7th 1919
C
P
 
P
P
 
P
P
 
 
 Meetings Attended:
24
21
16
22
28
10
13
9
 
NOTE 1: Resolutions passed by the Committee were numbered sequentially
NOTE 2: C = Chairman of the meeting; P = Present at the meeting
 
At the first meeting held on April 4th 1916, two resolutions that had been passed by the City Council were formally read into the minutes. These resolutions formed the basis of the committee's remit to implement a War Savings Scheme, and specified the Aldermen and Councillors who would serve on the committee. The appropriate section of the minutes is reproduced below:
The Committee set up by the Corporation to manage its wartime savings bank held its first meeting on April 4th 1916, the minutes of the meeting being headed "AT A MEETING OF THE WAR SAVINGS BANK COMMITTEE". Later meetings (held from April 17th 1916 to August 8th 1919) replaced the title "War Savings Bank Committee" with the title "Corporation Savings Bank Committee". However, the last of those meetings, with the imminent commencement of the Birmingham Municipal Bank, was effectively the first meeting of the Management Committee of the permanent bank. The information detailed below relates to the 31 meetings held between April 4th 1916 and July 7th 1919.
 
The following table records the dates of all the 31 meetings and shows who attended, and who took the chair.
As the person primarily responsible for the idea that the City Council should form a bank to encourage savings to assist the war effort, it naturally fell to the Lord Mayor (Neville Chamberlain) to chair the Committee. In this position he was a major driving force in seeing that his idea was implemented, and he attended 24 of the 31 meetings. The Lord Mayor was ably supported by two Councillors (Charles Appleby and Eldred Hallas) who were subsequently to play a large part in the establishment of the Birmingham Municipal Bank.
 
After chairing thirteen meetings, Neville Chamberlain tendered his resignation. In December 1916, the Prime Minister (David Lloyd George) offered Chamberlain the new position of Director of National Service with responsibility for co-ordinating conscription and ensuring that essential war industries were able to function with sufficient workforces. At a meeting of the Committee held on January 10th 1917, Resolution Number 87 was passed to appoint the current Lord Mayor (Alderman A D Brooks) as Chairman:
At the same meeting, the Committee passed Resolutions 89 and 104:
 
89 RESOLVED:-  That the Lord Mayor, Councillor Appleby and Hallas be appointed a Consultative Sub-Committee to deal with matters of detail arising in connection with the Bank, reporting to this Committee from time to time.
 
104 RESOLVED:- That the Lord Mayor be requested to convey to Alderman Neville Chamberlain the appreciation of this Committee for the valuable services rendered by him in organising and establishing the Corporation Savings Bank.
 
At the Committee's next meeting (June 28th 1917) the City Council's confirmation of the Lord Mayor as Chairman for the remainder of the municipal year was noted. The Chairman stated that a letter of appreciation had been forwarded to Neville Chamberlain on January 22nd, who had replied:
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