Catalogue description Foreign and Commonwealth Office and predecessors: Protocol and Conference Department: Registered Files (TP and TX Series)

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Details of FCO 57
Reference: FCO 57
Title: Foreign and Commonwealth Office and predecessors: Protocol and Conference Department: Registered Files (TP and TX Series)
Description:

This series consists of registered files of the joint Foreign Office/Commonwealth Office Protocol and Conference Department before October 1968, and its successor in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office relating to protocol matters.

The series also contains approximately 70 Government Hospitality Fund files for the period 1922-1998 and 41 volumes of letters of appointments and recalls of British diplomats for 1969-2010.

Date: 1967-1983
Arrangement:

By former file reference

Related material:

Sound recordings made of various constitutional conferences organised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office prior to independence of British colonies have been passed to the National Sound Archive. The territories concerned are: Fiji, 1970 (NSA reference G1/01/01-39); Gilbert Islands, 1978 (G1/03/01-35); Tuvalu, 1978 (G1/01/02-010); and Antigua, 1980 (G1/04/01-068).

For earlier records dealing with Commonwealth conference organisation see DO 161

For earlier Foreign Office records on protocol and conference matters see FO 372

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: TP and TX file series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator:

Commonwealth Office, Protocol and Conference Department, 1967-1968

Foreign Office, Protocol and Conference Department, 1967-1968

Physical description: 1243 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 1999 Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The joint Foreign Office and Commonwealth Office Conference and Protocol Department, and its successor in FCO dealt with general matters of protocol (i.e. relations with the diplomatic cadre, diplomatic privilege and immunity, royal protocol and state and official visits, consular appointments, credentials and commissions, and honours matters) and international conference organisation. The joint Department was created as one of the earlier steps in merging the various overseas services in 1966, replacing earlier Foreign Office Protocol and Conference, Services and Supplies Departments and the Commonwealth Relations Office Constitutional and Protocol Department.

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