Foreign Office: Confidential Print
Confidential Print consists of complete or extract copies of selected correspondence and other papers issued or received by the Foreign Office. Individual prints contain varying numbers of documents, ranging from single items to substantial compilations, which deal with the affairs of particular countries or subjects.
The nature of these documents also varies considerably, although particular volumes generally contain some or all of the following types: dispatches from British diplomatic missions, Foreign Office instructions and memoranda, political, economic and other reports generated by diplomatic missions abroad, by the Foreign Office's own departments or by other departments of the British Government, proceedings of foreign legislative bodies and memoranda transmitted by foreign embassies in Britain, proceedings and resolutions of ambassadorial and other diplomatic conferences, protocols and ratified treaties, proceedings and reports of international bodies and reports from home and foreign news media relating to political affairs. Individual volumes are also divided into chapters on occasion, each chapter dealing with a specified topic or event.
The following are concerned with individual countries or regions: Abyssinia (Ethiopia) FO 401, Afghanistan FO 402, Africa FO 403, America FO 461, America, Central, and the Caribbean FO 533, America, North FO 414, America, South and Central FO 420, America, South, Other Countries FO 497, America, United States of FO 462, Antarctica FO 463, Arabia FO 464, Asia, Central FO 539, Austria FO 465
Denmark FO 471
Eastern Affairs FO 406, Eastern Sanitary Reforms FO 542, Egypt and the Sudan FO 407, European Affairs, General FO 430, Europe, Central FO 404, Europe, Eastern, General FO 472, Europe, South-Eastern FO 421, Europe, Southern FO 434, Europe, Western FO 425
Hungary FO 477
Korea FO 483
United Arab Republic (Egypt and Syria) FO 552
Vatican FO 503
Yugoslavia and Albania FO 504
The following are concerned with particular subjects: Contraband and Trading with the Enemy FO 551, Cultural Propaganda FO 431, Economic Affairs, General FO 433, General Affairs FO 475, Inter-Imperial Relations FO 426, International Copyright FO 544, Law Officers' Opinions FO 834, League of Nations FO 411, Miscellaneous FO 412, Opium FO 415, Slave Trade FO 541, Sugar Bounties FO 549, Territorial Waters FO 427, Traffic in Arms FO 428, Traffic in Arms FO 428, United Nations FO 502 and War, General FO 438
FO 881 consists of a virtually complete set of confidential prints in numerical order.
Confidential print was intended for circulation internally within the Foreign Office and to the monarch, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, other government departments and diplomatic missions abroad and was printed for the convenience of users.
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