Catalogue description Commonwealth Office: West Indian Department 'B' and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, West Indian Department: Registered Files, Smaller Commonwealth West Indian Territories (WB and HW Series)

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Details of FCO 44
Reference: FCO 44
Title: Commonwealth Office: West Indian Department 'B' and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, West Indian Department: Registered Files, Smaller Commonwealth West Indian Territories (WB and HW Series)
Description:

This series consists of records of the West Indian 'B' Department relating to responsibilities for UK and Commonwealth relations with the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands, and its successor in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the West Indian Department.

From May 1972 the records are those of the West Indian and Atlantic Department, relating to the Cayman Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the British Virgin Islands, the Falkland Islands and dependencies, the British Antarctic Territory, St Helena and Tristan da Cunha.

Date: 1967-1983
Arrangement:

By former file reference

Related material:

Earlier records on the Falkland Islands, Antarctic territories, St Helena and Tristan da Cunha are in

Earlier files on these territories are in: CO 1031

FCO 83

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

Commonwealth Office, West Indian Department B, 1966-1968

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, West Indian and Atlantic Department, 1972-1998

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, West Indian Department, 1968-1972

Physical description: 3311 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 West Indian Department 'B' was abolished in October 1968, when responsibility for relations with the territories for which the department was formerly responsible passed to a new West Indian Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (which also handled relations with British Honduras, St Vincent and Montserrat).

This department was replaced in May 1972 by the West Indian and Atlantic Department, with responsibility for Bermuda and the Bahamas passing to the Caribbean Department, and responsibility for the Falkland Islands and dependencies, the British Antarctic Territories, St Helena and Tristan da Cunha being added.

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