The records in this series are of the Commonwealth Office's Defence Department and deal with general defence questions relating to the Commonwealth generally, and to particular territories and regions.
Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
From 1999 Foreign and Commonwealth Office
No further accruals expected.
Administrative / biographical background:
The Defence Department was established to handle defence questions for the Commonwealth and remaining dependent territories when the Commonwealth Office was established in 1966.
The department was abolished upon the formation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in October 1968, when responsibility for Commonwealth defence passed to two new FCO departments: the Defence Policy Department and the Defence Training and Supply Department.
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