Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Asia Department: Registered Files (S and FS Series)

Details of FCO 37
Reference:FCO 37
Title:
Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Asia Department: Registered Files (S and FS Series)
Description:

This series contains records of the South Asia Department of the Commonwealth Office to October 1968 dealing with UK and Commonwealth relations with India, Pakistan and the disputed Kashmir territory, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sikkim, Ceylon and the Maldive Islands from January 1967. From October 1968, the records are those of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office South Asian Department, whose responsibilities included relations with Afghanistan as well as the above. The Department was responsible for relations with Bangladesh after it gained independence from Pakistan in 1972. Ceylon changed its name to Sri Lanka in May 1972 when the country adopted a republican constitution.

Date: 1967-1981
Arrangement:

Arrangement is by former file reference within annual file cycles

Related Material: For Asia Economic Department files see FCO 11
For earlier South Asia Department files see DO 196
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department S and FS file series
Legal status: Public Record
Language: English
Creator: Commonwealth Office, South Asia Department, 1967-1968
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, South Asian Department, 1968-
Physical description: 2584 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition: Foreign and Commonwealth Office , from 1998
Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The South Asia Department of the Commonwealth Office became the South Asian Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in October 1968, with the addition of Afghanistan to its former responsibilities. The Department became responsible for Bangladesh when it achieved independence from Pakistan in 1972.

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