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Foreign and Commonwealth Office files from 1984 and 1985 released

More than 1,000 Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) records from 1984 and 1985 are now available to view in the reading rooms at The National Archives. This release contains records from the following file series:

1984 series

  • FCO 21 – Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Far Eastern Department: Registered Files (F and FE Series)
  • FCO 37 – Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Asia Department: Registered Files (S and FS Series)
  • FCO 82 – Foreign and Commonwealth Office: North America Department: Registered Files (AM Series)
  • FCO 87 – Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Republic of Ireland Department: Registered Files (WL Series)
  • FCO 93 – Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Near East and North Africa Department: Registered Files (NF Series)
  • FCO 98 – Foreign and Commonwealth Office: European Integration Department (External): Registered Files (E(MX) Series)
  • FCO 105 – Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Southern African Department: Registered Files (JS file series)

1985 series

  • FCO 8 – Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Arabian Department and Middle East Department: Registered Files (B and NB Series)
  • FCO 15 – Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South East Asian Department: Registered Files (D and FA Series)
  • FCO 40 – Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong Departments: Registered Files, Hong Kong, British Honduras, British Indian Ocean Territories and the Seychelles (HW and HK Series)
  • FCO 87 – Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Republic of Ireland Department: Registered Files (WL Series)

The records cover a wide range of subject matters concerning UK relations with the Middle East, South Africa, Republic of Ireland and North America. The material reflects events in the territories and the views of Her Majesty’s Government’s at that time.

The National Archives has worked with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to transfer and release files from 1984 and 1985 in accordance with the FCO’s published timeline.

 

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