The Information Research Department, founded in 1948, was a department of the British Foreign Office set up to counter Russian propaganda and infiltration, particularly amongst the western labour movement. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, commonly called the Foreign Office or the FCO, is the British government department responsible for promoting The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR was a constitutionally Socialist state that existed in Eurasia from 1922 to 1991
John Rennie, who subsequently served as head of MI6, was head of the department between 1953 and 1958. Sir John Ogilvy Rennie, KCMG ( 13 January 1914 – 30 September 1981) was the 6th 'C' (i The Secret Intelligence Service ( SIS) colloquially known as MI6 is the United Kingdom 's external Intelligence agency.
The department was closed down by then Foreign Secretary, David Owen, in 1977. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, commonly referred to as the Foreign Secretary, is a member of the United Kingdom Government heading the David Anthony Llewellyn Owen Baron Owen of Plymouth, CH PC FKC (born 2 July 1938) is a British Politician, The last head of the IRD was Ray Whitney, later a Conservative member of parliament and junior minister. Sir Raymond William Whitney, known as Ray Whitney, OBE, (born 28 November 1930) is a retired Conservative Party politician in The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is a Political party in the United Kingdom.