Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Gibraltar and South Atlantic Department: Registered Files (Y and HG Series)
|Title:||Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Gibraltar and South Atlantic Department: Registered Files (Y and HG Series)|
This series contains records of the Gibraltar and South Atlantic Department of the Commonwealth Office dealing with UK and Commonwealth relations with Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands and their dependencies, Ascension Island, St Helena and Tristan da Cunha, and matters relating to Antarctica.
By former file reference within annual file cycles.
For earlier Colonial Office and Commonwealth files on Gibraltar see:
For earlier Colonial Office and Commonwealth files on the Falkland Islands and dependencies and the Atlantic Islands see CO 1024
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Former reference in its original department:||HG and Y file series|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
Commonwealth Office, Gibraltar and South Atlantic Department, 1966-1968
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Gibraltar and South Atlantic Department,, 1968-1971
|Physical description:||505 file(s)|
|Access conditions:||Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
from 1999 Foreign and Commonwealth Office
|Accruals:||Series is accruing annually|
|Administrative / biographical background:||
The Gibraltar and South Atlantic Department was formed as part of the Dependent Territories Division (i.e. former Colonial Office) of the Commonwealth Office following its creation in August 1966, and handled all UK and Commonwealth interests in Antarctica, the South Atlantic islands and Gibraltar.
In October 1968, when the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was formed, the department continued largely unchanged, (although responsibility for the external relations of Gibraltar passed to the Western European Department). The department remained in being until 1971 when it was absorbed into a new Atlantic and Indian Ocean Department.