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Historical Annual Reports and Accounts

The Bank of England Act 1946, came into force on 1 March of that year and the Bank was nationalised. Its first Annual Report was published for the year ended 28 February 1947: it summarised the Bank's operations and described developments in internal and external finance.

Reports published between 1951 and 1960 were accompanied by pamphlets dealing with the United Kingdom's overseas investments. These have been digitised as a separate series. Reports published from 1958 to 1960 contained a review of monetary conditions, reflecting the wish of the Radcliffe Committee, set up in May 1957, that the Bank should make more information available. This foreshadowed the first Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin published in December 1960.

The Bank's accounts were first published with the Annual Report in 1971: that issue contains a historical table showing the development of the Bank's capital and of the Government debt to the Bank from 1694. From 1980 a report, made by the Bank under the 1979 Banking Act, was also included, and from 1987 the Annual Report of the Board of Banking Supervision (which was established in May 1986 on an informal basis, under the Governor's chairmanship) was reproduced. The Banking Act Report was published separately from 1987-98. These too have been digitised as a separate series.

Originally printed in black and white the Annual Report appeared in colour from 1969, and the size changed to the current A4 format in 1971. Addresses and telephone numbers, although reproduced as part of the Annual Report, are no longer correct.  

This page lists Annual Reports and Accounts from 1947 to 2005. For reports from 2006 see Related Links.

The PDF files on this page are no greater than 35MB in size.