Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong Departments: Registered Files, Hong Kong, British Honduras, British Indian Ocean Territories and the Seychelles (HW and HK Series)
This series contains records of the Hong Kong and West Indian Department 'C' of the Commonwealth Office created between January 1967 and late 1967 dealing with UK and Commonwealth relations with Hong Kong and British Honduras, and thereafter records of the Hong Kong Department of the Commonwealth Office and, from October 1968, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, dealing with Hong Kong only.
Some records produced by West Indian Department 'B' after it assumed responsibility for British Honduras are also in this series. From May 1972 the records are those of the Hong Kong and Indian Ocean Department, dealing with Hong Kong, the Seychelles and the British Indian Ocean Territory.
By former file reference within each accession
Commonwealth Office, Hong Kong Department, 1967-1968
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hong Kong and Indian Ocean Department, 1972-1976
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hong Kong Department, 1968-1972
The department was established when the Commonwealth Office was created in August 1966 as part of the Dependent Territories Division (the former Colonial Office departments), and was responsible for UK and Commonwealth relations with Hong Kong and British Honduras. Responsibility for relations with British Honduras passed to West Indian Department 'B' in late 1967, from which time the department became the Hong Kong Department.
From October 1968 the Hong Kong Department continued in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, but using a new HK file series. In May 1972 the department was renamed the Hong Kong and Indian Ocean Department, with responsibility for relations with the Seychelles and the British Indian Ocean Territories being added, but still used the HK file series.
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