Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Gibraltar and General Department and predecessors: Registered Files (HX Series)
This series contains selected records of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Dependent Territories Administrative Staffing Unit, and its successor. The records cover responsibilties for the appointment of governors and administrative staff and general staffing questions in the Dependent Territories, and the provision of advice on constitutional and related questions. From May 1972 the series also includes records relating to Gibraltar.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Dependent Territories General Department, 1971-1972
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Gibraltar and General Department, 1972-1977
The Dependent Territories Administrative Staffing Unit was established in 1969 to manage appointments and staffing matters in the remaining Dependent Territories, and to provide general advice on constitutional and related questions in the Dependent Territories.
In 1971 the unit was formed into a department, the Dependent Territories General Department, and then in May 1972 was absorbed into the Gibraltar and General Department. The new department continued to use the HX file series, which from 1 May 1972 therefore also contains records relating to Gibraltar.
This arrangement continued until 1977, when the department was abolished. Functions relating to Gibraltar passed to the Southern European Department, and the general functions to the new Hong Kong and General Department.
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