Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pacific and Indian Ocean Department and Pacific Dependent Territories Department: Registered Files (Q and HP Series)

Reference:
FCO 32
Title:
Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pacific and Indian Ocean Department and Pacific Dependent Territories Department: Registered Files (Q and HP Series)
Description:

This series consists of records of the Pacific and Indian Ocean Department of the Commonwealth Office (January 1967 to October 1968) and of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (October 1968 to January 1971), dealing with UK and Commonwealth relations with the South Pacific Commission and the West Pacific High Commission, Fiji, Tonga, Mauritius, the Seychelles, the New Hebrides, the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, the British Solomon Islands Protectorate, Pitcairn, and the British Indian Ocean Territory.

From February 1971 the records are those produced by the Pacific Dependent Territories Department dealing with the South Pacific Commission and the West Pacific High Commission, the New Hebrides, the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, the British Solomon Islands Protectorate and Pitcairn.

Date:
1967-1978
Arrangement:

By former file reference within file cycles.

Related Material:
For earlier Colonial Office files dealing with relations with this area see CO 1036
For earlier Commonwealth Relations and Commonwealth Office files of the Pacific and Indian Ocean Department see DO 199
For records of the South Pacific Department see FCO 107
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department:   HP and Q file series
Legal status:
Public Record
Language:
English
Creator:
Commonwealth Office, Pacific and Indian Ocean Department, 1967-1968
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Pacific and Indian Ocean Department, 1968-1971
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Pacific Dependent Territories Department, 1971-1978
Physical description:
1525 file(s)
Access conditions:
Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office , from 1999
Accumulation Dates:
Series ran from 1967
Accruals:
No future accurals expected
Administrative / biographical background:

The Pacific and Indian Ocean Department of the Commonwealth Office continued with essentially unaltered responsibilities after October 1967 in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In January 1971, a reorganisation took place to more evenly distribute work between departments. Responsibility for Mauritius, the Seychelles and the British Indian Ocean Territory passed to a new Atlantic and Indian Ocean Department, and the department dealing with UK dependencies in the Pacific was renamed the Pacific Dependent Territories Department.

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