Catalogue description Commonwealth Relations Office and Commonwealth Office: Communications Department and successors: Registered Files (COM Series)

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Reference: DO 160
Title: Commonwealth Relations Office and Commonwealth Office: Communications Department and successors: Registered Files (COM Series)
Description:

This series contains files produced by the Communications Department and its successors relating to Commonwealth communications matters generally (including posts and telecommunications and satellite communications). It includes a few files relating to libraries and publications within the Office as well as files relating to the South East Asian Cable Conference of 1961.

Date: 1955-1966
Related material:

For later records see FCO 14

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

Commonwealth Office, Aviation and Telecommunications Department, 1967-1968

Commonwealth Relations Office, Communications Department, 1952-1965

Commonwealth Relations Office, General and Migration Department, 1965-1966

Physical description: 69 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

Foreign and Commonwealth Office , from 2017

Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

Responsibility for Commonwealth communications (particularly air, post and telecommunications) was added to the Political Division in 1954, having previously been part of the Southern Rhodesia and Communications Department in the Finance and General Division (in 1952 separate Communications and Central African and Territories Departments were created).

Communications were passed to the Establishments and Organisation Division in 1958, and remained there until 1964, when the department was split into (a) and (b) branches. Branch (a), covering library services, was placed in the Mediterranean, South Asia and Defence Division, while branch (b), covering communications matters, was in the Trade Division. The Communications Department was abolished in September 1965, its communications functions passing to the General and Migration Department. In the Commonwealth Office, communications matters were handled by an Aviation and Telecommunications Department.

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