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Public and Political: General: Political: correspondence and papers on defence, atomic weapons and energy., Nov 1945 - Apr 1954

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/28

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Prime Minister Clement Attlee (6); Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] on the strength of the army and RAF; [1st] Lord Cherwell [earlier F A Lindemann] (3); President Harry Truman (2); Walter Gifford, United States Ambassador to Great Britain. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from WSC's secretaries "N S" [Jo Sturdee, later Lady Onslow], "J P" [Jane Portal, later Lady Williams of Elvel], "L M M" [Lettice Marston, later Lettice Shillingford], and "C G" [Chips Gemmell], and CSC; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to [Patrick] Buchan-Hepburn [later 1st Lord Hailes, Conservative Deputy Chief Whip].Subjects covered by the file include: the Atomic Energy Bill 1946; the Soviet Union's atomic position; the opening session of the Council of Europe at Strasbourg [France], 1950; atomic research; publishing the 1943 Quebec [Canada] Agreement with regard to the atomic bomb; WSC's support for US air bases in East Anglia.Also includes: copy of the Atomic Energy Bill; Hansards (12 May 1948 and 7 November 1945); United States Military Attache report on a press conference by Truman in October 1945; extract from House of Commons debate, 7 November 1945; unused speech notes by WSC from 1949 on the Soviet Union and the bomb; text of question by WSC for Attlee; report of the United States Joint Committee on atomic energy; drafts and copies of notes by WSC on army strength and a press statement on his position on the atomic bomb; notes by Cherwell on atomic energy; letter to the editor of the Manchester Guardian by George Ward [later 1st Lord Ward of Witley], MP for Worcester.


  • Creation: Nov 1945 - Apr 1954

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