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General correspondence, 1979-02 - 1979-03

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEJ 2/1/93

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Air Vice-Marshal Norman Hoad, Director of the Air League, on the defence estimates debate, and Britain's defence requirements, enclosing a note on an airborne task force; Jonathan Aitken, Conservative Philosophy Group (2); William Gutteridge, Professor of International Studies and Director of Complementary Studies, University of Aston, asking JA to speak at a Joseph Chamberlain memorial event (4); Correlli Barnett, Keeper of Churchill Archives Centre, on Leo Amery's papers; Air Chief Marshal Sir John Barraclough, enclosing a paper on Britain's defence needs, in response to one by JA for the defence estimates debate; Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Beetham, Chief of Air Staff, on JA's defence paper and his own visit to Oman (2); Ronald Bell, enclosing an article on the Government's aim to make wearing seatbelts compulsory; Sir Frederic Bennett on the pensions of Rhodesian civil servants after independence; John Biggs-Davison, enclosing an extract from a speech accusing Britain of betraying the Shah of Iran and copies of his correspondence with the BBC on their coverage of the situation of Iran; [Keith] Harvey Proctor on JA speaking in his constituency (2); Andrew Bowden; 1st Lord Boyd of Merton [earlier Alan Lennox-Boyd] (2); 3rd Lord Burton [earlier Michael Baillie] enclosing a copy of his letter to [Henry] Paul Channon [later Lord Kelvedon] and Peter Blaker, Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Committee, on his observations of terrorism on his recent visit to Rhodesia [later Zimbabwe]; Paul Channon; Winston Churchill; Patrick Cormack; Brian Crozier, enclosing a memorandum from the Defence and External Affairs sub-committee of the Parliamentary Expenditure Committee on Britain's future nuclear weapons policy; Sir [John] Humphrey Edwardes Jones, Chairman of Sussex Rural Community Council; Sir Eric Faulkner, Chairman of the City Communications Centre; Anthony Fell, on subjects including complimenting JA on a speech (2); Sir Nigel Fisher; Janet Fookes; General Sir David Fraser, Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies, on JA's forthcoming speech in the debate on the defence estimates; Douglas French, Chairman of the Bow Group; Eldon Griffiths; [John] Ross Stainton, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of British Airways; [William] Michael Grylls, thanking JA for his support over a bill; General Sir John Hackett on subjects including JA's forthcoming speech in the debate on the defence estimates (2), enclosing comments on a paper by JA; Edward Heath; Admiral of the Fleet Lord Hill-Norton [former Chief of Defence Staff] on JA's paper for the defence estimates debate (2); Geoffrey Johnson Smith, on the future of Gatwick Airport; Andrew Knight, Editor of the Economist; Peter Laing on his outrage at events in Iran, and the Bilderberg meetings (2); Alexander Macmillan [later 2nd Lord Stockton]; Sir Robert Mark, Chairman of the Help the Homeless appeal (2); [Robert] Michael Marshall on co-ordinating protests at local elections being held in the next two years because of the failure to introduce new ward boundaries; Michael Mates, enclosing papers from an enquiry about emergency powers which could be granted to the Government; Air Vice-Marshal Stewart Menaul, on JA's paper for the defence estimates debate, and a proposed Tri-Oceanic alliance; Eric Moonman, Chairman of the Zionist Federation; Alastair Laing, Deputy Director-General of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, on an enquiry about Zulu war graves; Lord Paget of Northampton; Francis Pym [Conservative foreign and Commonwealth affairs spokesman] on subjects including jokes about David Owen, Foreign Secretary and Frank Judd [Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs] on a recent trip to Oman (2); [John] Tim Rathbone (3); William Rees-Davies (2); Sir Joshua Rowley; 6th Lord Salisbury [earlier Lord Cranborne] on sending observers to Rhodesia for the elections; William Shelton; Melvin Shepherd, Director of the Friends of the Rhodesians Trust; Brian Crozier on the case of Jacobo Timmerman and the Argentinian newspaper La Opinion; David Owen on the arrest of Timmerman; Sir Michael Stewart on the sale of the British embassy building in Madrid [Spain] and JA's role in preventing the sale of the embassy building in Athens [Greece]; [Dudley] Geoffrey Stewart-Smith, Director of the Foreign Affairs Research Institute; Sir Kenneth Thompson, Chairman of Merseyside County Council; Sir John Townley (2); Peter Walker; General Sir Walter Walker [former Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Northern Europe], enclosing a copy of his speech to a branch of the Anglo-Rhodesian Society, on policy which the Conservatives should adopt on Rhodesia, also commenting on JA's paper for the defence estimates debate, on civil defence measures in Devon, on sales of his book "The Bear at the Back Door" and the need for the Conservatives to lift sanctions against Rhodesia (6); Patrick Wall, Secretary of the Watching Committee.

Also includes: letters of thanks for a birthday party hosted by JA for [Maurice] Harold Macmillan [later 1st Lord Stockton], from correspondents including John Sparrow, 1st Lord Boyd of Merton [earlier Alan Lennox-Boyd], Lord Redcliffe-Maud, Mary, Lady Soames [earlier Mary Churchill] and Julian Lambart; text of a speech by Peter Tapsell on the likely increase in the price of oil due to instability in the Middle East, and on Soviet imperialism.


  • 1979-02 - 1979-03

Conditions Governing Access

The majority of the papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge, though the constituency papers and some of the correspondence and political papers remain closed.


4 file(s)

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Box 161

Finding aid date

2013-03-27 11:54:59.930000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
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