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Public and Political: General: Defence: Correspondence etc., 09 Feb 1920 - 28 Dec 1936

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/267

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Correspondents include: Frederick Beaumont-Nesbitt [Military Attache, Paris, France] on WSC's visit to see French military manoeuvres at Aix-en-Provence and the Maginot Line (2); "George L" [1st Lord Lloyd of Dolobran]; Alan Herbert, introducing Major-General Sir Percy Hobart [Inspector, Royal Tank Corps, and Commander, Tank Brigade] (2); Desmond Morton on subjects including meeting the representative of the Spanish Nationalists, the Marques del Moral, Communist atrocities in Spain, the dispute between the Air Ministry and 1st Lord Nuffield [earlier William Morris, Chairman of Morris Motors Limited] over ministry patronage of aircraft and aero engine manufacturers, "shadow" aero engine production in the First World War and French figures for German air strength (4); the Marques del Moral; J H Dickinson on the Air Ministry dispute with Nuffield (5); 1st Lord Swinton [earlier Philip Cunliffe-Lister and Philip Lloyd-Greame, Secretary of State for Air] on aero engine production (3); Sir Hugh O'Neill [later 1st Lord Rathcavan, Chairman of the 1922 Committee] asking WSC to speak to the committee; "Charley" [7th Lord Londonderry, earlier Lord Castlereagh, former Secretary of State for Air] on WSC's estimate of German air strength and the silence previously held by Stanley Baldwin [Prime Minister] on the subject; [Alfred] Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich], Secretary of State for War; 19th Lord Sempill on Air Ministry patronage; Oliver Baldwin; Victor Raikes; Sir Maurice Hankey [Secretary, Committee of Imperial Defence]; Sir Archdale Parkhill [Australian Minister for Defence].Also includes: list of officers met by WSC during his visit to France; copy of a statement by Lord Nuffield on his withdrawal of Wolseley Motors Limited from the Air Ministry's aero engine factory scheme; statement by T G John, Chairman and Managing Director of Alvis Car and Engineering Company Limited, on his dispute with the Air Ministry, and on the Nuffield case; reply by Lord Sempill on the Nuffield case, and a memorandum on Air Ministry policy on the patronage of aircraft manufacturers; message from 6th Lord Winterton [earlier Lord Turnour] on proposing a defence debate; copies of letters from T G John to Lord Swinton on aero engine production; press cutting from the Daily Mirror on the Austin aero works; print of the Alvis works; share prospectus for Folland Aircraft Limited; copy of letter from James Webster [former Private Secretary to WSC, Secretary of State for War and Air] on ordering aircraft and engines (1920); notes for amendments put forward by WSC in a defence debate; copy of a letter by Sir Abe Bailey to the Times on the Italian menace to Africa, and the need to continue sanctions against Italy; copies of questions put by WSC in Parliament, on subjects including cruiser tonnage, the use of the Trade Unions in the rearmament programme and on the costs of battleship armaments, with replies by ministers including Baldwin, Sir Thomas Inskip [later 1st Lord Caldecote], Minister for Co-ordination of Defence, and Sir Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood], First Lord of the Admiralty.The majority of material in this file dates to 1936.


  • Creation: 09 Feb 1920 - 28 Dec 1936

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