Catalogue description Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Marine and Transport Department: Registered Files (MR Series)

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Details of FCO 76
Reference: FCO 76
Title: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Marine and Transport Department: Registered Files (MR Series)

The records in this series cover the business of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Marine and Transport Department relating to the proposed Channel Tunnel, shipping, the law of the sea and marine pollution, territorial waters and the continental shelf, fisheries, the sea bed, inland transport, international rivers and the International Maritime Organisation. From 1973 the records also cover subjects relating to international air transport, including hijacking

Date: 1961-1997
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: MR file series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: Miscellaneous

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Aviation, Marine and Telecommunications Department, 1968-1971

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Marine and Transport Department, 1970-1977

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Maritime, Aviation and Environmental Department, 1978-1990

Physical description: 2806 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 2021 Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Accumulation dates: File series ran from 1970 to 1977
Selection and destruction information: Records selected by the FCO under PRO supervision under sections and of the PRO acquisition policy, dealing with the history of the conduct of the UK's external relations relating to transport and shipping, including marine pollution.
Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The Marine and Transport Department was formed in 1970 when the functions previously exercised by the Aviation, Marine and Telecommunications Department were split, and separate Aviation and Communications and Marine and Transport Departments were formed. From 1973, the aviation work was returned to the Marine and Transport Department, which dealt with international air transport matters including hijacking from that year.

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