Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Defence Department and successors: Registered Files (ZD, DP and DT Series)
|Title:||Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Defence Department and successors: Registered Files (ZD, DP and DT Series)|
This series contains records of the Defence Department of the Foreign Office, dealing with international defence, training and supply matters and some non-defence international collaborative projects (particularly the Anglo-French Concorde project), and its successor departments in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
By former file reference within annual file cycles.
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Former reference in its original department:||ZD, DP and DT file series|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Defence Department, 1970-1990
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Defence Policy Department, 1968-1970
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Defence Training and Supply Department, 1968-1970
|Physical description:||4900 file(s)|
|Access conditions:||Open unless otherwise stated|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
Foreign and Commonwealth Office , from 1999
|Accruals:||Series is accruing.|
|Administrative / biographical background:||
The Defence Department handled overseas defence issues in the Foreign Office, including consideration of defence white papers, relations with the Ministry of Defence and the services Chiefs of Staff and attachés, and dealings with other states on collaborative defence and aerospace projects.
The department was wound up in October 1968, and merged with the Commonwealth Office Defence Department to form two new departments in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO): the Defence Policy Department and the Defence Training and Supply Department. In 1970 these were in turn merged to form the FCO Defence Department.