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General correspondence, 1980-06 - 1980-07

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEJ 2/1/101

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Correspondents include: William Whitelaw, Home Secretary; Jonathan Aitken, Conservative Philosophy Group (2); John Baker, Canon of Westminster; Air Vice-Marshal Erik Bennett; Peter Blaker, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on relations with Albania, particularly the problem of Albania's pre-war gold reserves and trials of Kosovar Albanians in Yugoslavia [later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia] (2); Thomas Boardman; Sir Nicholas Bonsor (2); Lord Boothby on the European Union, commenting that even if he'd been elected President of the Consultative Assembly, he couldn't have stopped [Robert] Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] from destroying the Council of Europe; 1st Lord Boyd of Merton [earlier Alan Lennox-Boyd]; Sir Paul Bryan, Chairman of the Unionist Club; Sir Frederick Burden; 6th Lord Carrington, Foreign Secretary, on subjects including the development of the Saudi ports of Jubail and Yanbu, Anglo-Saudi relations, Poland's anxiety about East-West tension, Polish relations with Zimbabwe [earlier Rhodesia] and Prince Bahaedin Samy's attempts to win compensation from BP (8); [Henry] Paul Channon [later Lord Kelvedon]; Sir Albert Costain; Brian Crozier on the possibility of JA succeeding Antoine Pinay [as Chairman of Le Cercle]; Sir William Deakin; Sir George Young, Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health and Social Security; Nicholas Fairbairn; George Gardiner on a meeting of the 1922 Committee on the strike provisions in the Employment Bill; 4th Lord Strathcona, Minister of State for Defence [earlier Donald Howard] on an enquiry about experiments in chemical and biological warfare by the Ministry of Defence in the 1950s-60s; Martin Gilbert on JA's letter to the Times on the proposed Franco British union in 1940; Ian Gow on subjects including JA's letter (2); Sir [Arthur] Michael Palliser, Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Edward Heath; Terence Higgins; Peter Hordern, complimenting JA on a speech; Alistair Horne on his official biography of [Maurice] Harold Macmillan [later 1st Lord Stockton], specifically on the repatriation of White Russian prisoners from Austria in 1945 ("the victims of Yalta"), including draft text on the subject (4); Michael Ivens; [Bernard] Barney Hayhoe, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence for the Army, on campaign medals for Czech soldiers; Sir John King; [Archibald] David Stirling, sending an appeal on behalf of the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) welfare fund (2); Peter Laing; Peter Lloyd on his Bill to compensate former owners of aircraft and shipbuilding concerns nationalised in 1977; Alexander Macmillan, Chairman of Macmillan Publishers Limited [later 2nd Lord Stockton]; H Neil Marten, Minister for Overseas Development, on shipping aid to Southern Africa and JA's suggestion of preferential trade links between the European Community and Africa and the Middle East (2); Richard de la Mare on his planned programme on a Third World War; Antony Marlow on the Assumption of Trading Powers Bill; Lord Marshall; René Massigli on JA's letter to the Times on the proposed Franco-British union in 1940; [Herbert] Keith Speed, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence for the Royal Navy; Antoine Pinay on JA succeeding him as Chairman of Le Cercle; [Henry] Chapman Pincher; 3rd Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede, Vice-Chairman of Interbank Limited; Sir David Price; Francis Pym, Secretary of State for Defence on subjects including the possible sale of Jaguar aircraft to the Omani Air Force (3); Gordon Richardson, Governor of the Bank of England; Julian Ridsdale; Sir David Steel, Chairman of BP; William Shelton; Lord Sieff; Ian Smith [former Prime Minister of Rhodesia]; Lord Soames; James Spicer, enclosing a newsletter on the political situation in Turkey; Sir John Stewart-Clark, enclosing a newsletter on events in the European Parliament; [Dudley] Geoffrey Stewart-Smith, Director of the Foreign Affairs Institute, asking JA to write a paper on Zimbabwe [earlier Rhodesia]; Monty Sumray, Chairman of the Anglo-Israel Chamber of Commerce, on improving trade relations between Britain and Israel; John Tahourdin on JA's letter to the Times on the proposed Franco-British union in 1940; Peter Temple-Morris, Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Committee, on JA's recommendations to Lord Carrington and the Prime Minister [Margaret Thatcher] on the Middle East and a Committee discussion on Southern Africa (2), also enclosing a Committee paper from the Assembly of the Western European Union on the impact of the situation in the Middle East on Western European security; Sir Peter Tennant, Barclays Bank International Limited; Sir Edward Tomkins, asking JA to join the International Foundation for Cultural Co-operation (2); Geoffrey Van Orden, President of the Headquarters Officers' Mess Committee, Intelligence Corps; Dawid de Villiers, South African Ambassador to Britain; General Sir Walter Walker on his book ["The Next Domino"] (2), enclosing additional material on Rhodesia [Zimbabwe] and South Africa; John Webster, Professor of Education, University College of Wales; Lord Weidenfeld [Chairman of Weidenfeld and Nicolson Limited]; Sir [Roland] Roy Welensky [former Prime Minister of Rhodesia] on likely food shortages ahead for Zimbabwe and the political difficulties in importing food from South Africa (2); Raymond Whitney; Tom King, Minister for Local Government and Environmental Services, on an early day motion on dogs.

Also includes: text of a speech by Hugh Fraser, Chairman of the Conservative Friends of Israel, on the need to rethink the rumoured new Western Middle East peace initiative; text of JA's review of [John] Max Egremont's biography of 1st Lord Balfour, for History Today; account of JA's meetings with Prince Hassan and King Hussein of Jordan on Iran and Palestine, sent to Margaret Thatcher; JA's letter to the Times on the proposed Franco-British union in 1940.


  • Creation: 1980-06 - 1980-07


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