Foreign Office, Central Department and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Southern European Department: Registered Files (C and WS Series)
This series contains records of the Central Department of the Foreign Office, (dealing with UK relations with Greece, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden between January 1967 and October 1968), and records of the Southern European Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (dealing with UK relations with Greece, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Malta, Cyprus, Andorra, and external relations of Gibraltar from October 1968-1974).
Arrangement is by former file reference within annual file cycles.
Foreign Office, Central Department, 1962-1968
The Central Department of the Foreign Office was abolished upon the creation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in October 1968. Relations with the Scandinavian states, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein passed to a new FCO department, the Western European Department. Relations with Greece, Portugal, Spain and Turkey, along with responsibility for relations with Malta and Cyprus, and the external relations of Gibraltar, (previously the responsibility of the Commonwealth Office Gibraltar and South Atlantic Department and Middle East, Western and United Nations General Department) became the responsibility of a new Southern European Department, which continued until 1974. Responsibility for Andorra passed from the Western European Department to the Southern European Department in 1969.
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