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Commonwealth Office: Defence Department: Registered Files (DD Series)

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Commonwealth Office: Defence Department: Registered Files (DD Series)

The records in this series are of the Commonwealth Office's Defence Department and deal with general defence questions relating to the Commonwealth generally, and to particular territories and regions.


By former file reference

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department:   DD file series
Legal status:
Public Record
Commonwealth Office, Defence Department, 1966-1968
Physical description:
253 file(s)
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office , from 1999
No further accruals expected.
Administrative / biographical background:

The Defence Department was established to handle defence questions for the Commonwealth and remaining dependent territories when the Commonwealth Office was established in 1966.

The department was abolished upon the formation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in October 1968, when responsibility for Commonwealth defence passed to two new FCO departments: the Defence Policy Department and the Defence Training and Supply Department.

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