Catalogue description Foreign Office: Economic Relations Department and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Financial Policy and Aid Department and Financial Policy Department: Registered Files (U and MF Series)

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Reference: FCO 59
Title: Foreign Office: Economic Relations Department and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Financial Policy and Aid Department and Financial Policy Department: Registered Files (U and MF Series)
Description:

This series consists of registered files produced by the Economic Relations Department of the Foreign Office in the period January 1967 to October 1968 and its successors in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Subjects covered include economic relations with the rest of Europe and matters relating to important commodities, overseas economic aid and financial questions in the Dependent Territories from October 1968.

Date: 1967-1982
Arrangement:

By former file reference

Related material:

For earlier files see CO 1057

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

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Financial Policy and Aid Department, 1968-1973

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Financial Relations Department, 1973-1980

Foreign Office, Economic Relations Department, 1945-1968

Physical description: 1977 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 1999 Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Accruals: Annual accruals expected
Administrative / biographical background:

The Economic Relations Department of the Foreign Office dealt with general economic matters, in particular in this period non-European Economic Community questions of the United Kingdom's economic relations with the rest of Europe (for instance dealings with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe), and with commodities of importance to the British economy.

Following the merger of the Commonwealth Office and the Foreign Office on 17 October 1968, the Department was abolished. Some functions passed to two new Foreign and Commonwealth Office departments, Commodities and Oil Department and Trade Policy Department, but responsibility for general financial policy passed to the Financial Policy and Aid Department. The Department also handled general economic aid questions, including relations with the various international aid organisations, and financial issues relating to the remaining Dependent Territories.

The Department was renamed the Financial Relations Department in 1973, but with largely unaltered functions.

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