This series contains records of the Mediterranean Department of the Commonwealth Relations Office dealing with UK and Commonwealth relations with Cyprus and Malta, and Commonwealth relations with Gibraltar.
By former file reference.
For later records of the Middle East, Western and United Nations Department see FCO 27
For later records of the Gibraltar and South Atlantic Department see FCO 42
The Mediterranean Department was created in 1965 to handle UK and Commonwealth relations with Cyprus, previously handled by the Constitutional Department. Responsibility for relations with Malta, and Commonwealth relations with Gibraltar, were added when the Malta Department was abolished later in 1965 and its functions absorbed by the Mediterranean Department though the existing separate file series for Malta records remained in use. The Mediterranean Department itself was abolished upon the formation of the Commonwealth Office in August 1966, with responsibility for Cyprus and Malta passing to the Middle East, Western and United Nations Department, and its functions relating to Gibraltar passing to the Gibraltar and South Atlantic Department.
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