Treasury: Overseas Finance Division: Registered Files (OF and 2OF Series)
Files of the Overseas Finance (OF) Division of the Treasury. They deal mainly with financial relations and negotiations with overseas countries and international bodies and agencies, including the European Free Trade Association, European Economic Community, International Monetary Fund, Dollar Export Council, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. There is a wide variety of material relating to foreign exchange, balance of payments, sterling balances, trade policy, exports, and the Marshall Plan.
Also includes files of the F series which were reregistered in the OF series in 1948.
Chronological within original subject classification (see Treasury Registration Systems)
Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
from 1976 Treasury
1948 to 1960
Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:
The Overseas Finance (OF) Division was set up in 1938. In 1948 the Imperial and Foreign (IF) Division took over responsibilities for United Nations questions. In 1950 the Exchange Control (EC) Division took over responsibility for 'Cheap Sterling' and in 1955 it took over all work on imports (except those financed under the Mutual Security Programme), and commodity and tariff questions.
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