Catalogue description Foreign Office, Western Department and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Western European Department: Registered Files (R and WR Series)

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Reference: FCO 33
Title: Foreign Office, Western Department and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Western European Department: Registered Files (R and WR Series)
Description:

This series contains records of the Western Department of the Foreign Office, (dealing with UK relations with Belgium, France (with Andorra and Monaco), Italy (with San Marino), Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the Vatican and West and East Germany, between January 1967 and October 1968), and the Western European Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (dealing with UK relations with the above plus the Scandinavian states, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland and Liechtenstein from October 1968 on).

Date: 1967-1990
Arrangement:

Arrangement is by former file reference within annual file cycles.

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

Foreign Office, Western Department, 1945-1968

Physical description: 11151 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

Foreign and Commonwealth Office , from 1998

Accruals: Series is accruing annually.
Administrative / biographical background:

The Western Department of the Foreign Office was expanded upon the creation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, absorbing functions concerning UK relations with Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein from the Foreign Office Central Department when it was abolished and with Ireland from the Commonwealth Office Atlantic Department. The Department was re-named the Western European Department. Responsibility for relations with Andorra passed to the Southern European Department in 1969, and for relations with Ireland to a new Republic of Ireland Department in 1972.

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