Foreign Office: Atomic Energy and Disarmament Department: Registered Files (AD Series)

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Foreign Office: Atomic Energy and Disarmament Department: Registered Files (AD Series)

This series contains records of the Foreign Office Atomic Energy and Disarmament Department, dealing with arms control generally (conventional, nuclear, biological and chemical weaponry), UK policy and bi- and multi-lateral approaches to disarmament questions, non-proliferation issues, treaties and safeguards, nuclear test-ban and nuclear free zone issues, as well as general European security issues including troop reductions.


By original file reference

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department:   AD file series
Legal status:
Public Record
Foreign Office, Atomic Energy and Disarmament Department, 1962-1968
Physical description:
245 file(s)
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1998
Series is accruing annually.
Administrative / biographical background:

The Atomic Energy and Disarmament Department of the Foreign Office dealt with international issues concerning the military aspects of atomic energy, and the control and regulation of armaments. The department was abolished upon the formation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in October 1968. Responsibility for disarmament questions passed to a new Disarmament Department. An Arms Control and Disarmament Research Unit handled research into problems of arms control and disarmament, while questions relating to military uses of atomic energy passed to the Defence Policy Department.

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