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Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Gibraltar and General Department and predecessors: Registered Files (HX Series)

FCO 86
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.

Related Material:
For earlier files relating to Gibraltar, see FCO 83
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department:   HX file series
Legal status:
Public Record
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Dependent Territories Administration Staffing Unit, 1969-1971
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Dependent Territories General Department, 1971-1972
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Gibraltar and General Department, 1972-1977
Physical description:
416 file(s)
Access conditions:
Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office , from 2002
Accumulation Dates:
Series ran 1969-1977
Selection and destruction information:
Records selected under Acquisition Policy criteria, documenting policy matters concerning the UK dependent territories generally, including appointments and staffing matters, allowances, government housing, and constitutional matters. Policy and precedent files only retained, routine and case files destroyed. Files showing the development of UK relations with Gibraltar from May 1972 selected.
Annual accruals from 1970 can be expected. No files were selected for permanent preservation from 1969.
Administrative / biographical background:

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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