Foreign Office, Western Organisations and Co-ordination Department and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Western Organisations Department: Registered Files (W and WD Series)
This series consists of records of the Western Organisations and Co-ordination Department of the Foreign Office and its successor in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Western Organisations Department, relating to UK relations with various western international organisations involved with defence and related matters, principally NATO, political and military activities of the Western European Union and political activities of the Council of Europe; also questions relating to international planning and co-ordination.
For information on the appraisal and selection decisions applied to records produced by the Western Organisations Department see Operational Selection Policy OSP 13, Britain's Diplomatic Relations, 1973-1996.
By former file reference
Foreign Office, Western Organisations and Co-ordination Department, 1964-1968
The Western Organisations and Co-ordination Department was abolished in name in October 1968 when the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was created. Its functions, however, passed virtually intact to a new Western Organisations Department, which handled relations as before with NATO, the WEU and the Council of Europe, and questions of European security and political unity. Some functions relating to planning and co-ordination passed to the Planning Staff.
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