Catalogue description Commonwealth Relations Office: Planning and Research Unit: Registered Files (PLA Series)

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Reference: DO 193
Title: Commonwealth Relations Office: Planning and Research Unit: Registered Files (PLA Series)

This series contains registered files of the Commonwealth Relations Office's Planning and Research Unit, covering such subjects as background material for speeches given by ministers, conference organisation and papers, and planning papers on the future of British overseas policy and of the Commonwealth.

Date: 1957-1966
Related material:

For earlier planning papers dating from the time that the Unit formed part of the Constitutional Department see DO 35

For later records see FCO 49

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

Commonwealth Relations Office, Planning and Research Unit, 1962-1964

Physical description: 91 file(s)
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure
Accumulation dates: 1958-1966
Administrative / biographical background:

The Planning and Research Unit was set up in 1959 as a part of the Constitutional Department of the Commonwealth Relations Office, where its task was to provide planning and general research services for the rest of the Office. In 1962, the Unit was made independent of the Constitutional Department, by which time it had taken on the additional function of providing background information for, and assisting in the drafting of, speeches and addresses made by the Office's ministers and senior officials where they would be touching on Commonwealth relations policy. In 1964, the Unit became part of a new Commonwealth Policy and Planning Department in the Defence and Commonwealth Policy Division.

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