Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Records and Historical Department, Treaty Section: Protocols and Ratifications of Treaties

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Records and Historical Department, Treaty Section: Protocols and Ratifications of Treaties

This series contains original bi-lateral, multi-lateral and European Union treaties ratified by the United Kingdom, and ratifications of treaties where the UK is designated to hold ratifications by other states.


Treaties and ratifications are arranged by date of entering into force or date of receipt of ratification.

Related Material:
Earlier bi-lateral treaties are in FO 93
Earlier ratifications of treaties are in FO 94
Earlier multi-lateral treaties are in FO 949
Earlier European Community treaties are in FO 974
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Treaty Section, 1992-
Physical description:
195 volume(s)
Access conditions:
Immediate source of acquisition:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office , from 2005
Accumulation Dates:
from 2001
Selection and destruction information:
All protocols and ratifications of treaties which come into force are selected, under Acquisition Policy criteria, documenting formal agreements between the UK and other states.
Quarterly accruals of treaties coming into force in the previous three months can be expected.
Administrative / biographical background:

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Treaty Section (at the time part of the Records and Historical Department) reorganised its holdings and arrangement of treaties and ratifications in 2000-2001 to incorporate a new database. The former distinction between European Community, multi- and bi-lateral treaties was ended, and ratifications were held as part of the same series. As a result the various earlier FO treaty series were closed, and all new treaties coming into force from February 2001 will be found in this series.

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