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Empire Parliamentary Association: correspondence, 1942-11 - 1947-07

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/7/8

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, mainly with Sir T Drummond Shiels, Acting Secretary of the Association, and Sir Howard d'Egville [organiser and first secretary of the Association]. Other correspondents include: 1st Lord Addison, Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, on suggestions that d'Egville should retire; Lord Halifax, British Ambassador to the United States [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] (2); Arthur Evans, on the importance of consulting the Foreign Office about d'Egville's activities in Washington [United States] due to the sensitivity of Congress to Empire questions; Douglas Clifton Brown, Speaker, House of Commons [later 1st Lord Ruffside]; Sir Ralph Verney [Secretary to the Speaker]; 1st Lord Leathers [Minister of War Transport] (2); Richard Law [Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign Office, later 1st Lord Coleraine]; [William] Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada; Reginald Purbrick; Sir Stanley Spurling; 1st Lord Stansgate [earlier William Benn] (2); Sir John Wardlaw-Milne [earlier John Milne]; Sir Percy Harris (2); [Robert] Anthony Eden, Foreign Secretary [later 1st Lord Avon] (2); Clement Attlee [Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs] (2); Guy Millard, Foreign Office, on arrangements for the visit to Britain by American senators; Sir Alan Lascelles, Private Secretary to King George VI; "Bobbety" [Lord Cranborne, Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, later 5th Lord Salisbury], advising against letting d'Egville join a delegation to Australia, as he was felt to be too close to the Americans, sympathising with criticism over a speech by Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to the Association, and on a proposed visit to China (4); 3rd Lord Dudley [earlier Lord Ednam]; 1st Lord Birdwood; Sir Eric Machtig [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations]; William McCourt, Clerk of Legislative Assembly, New South Wales, on sending a delegation to Britain.

Also includes: Association reports; memoranda by d'Egville on the present position and future of the Association, and the Empire and the war; text of address on the Commonwealth given by LSA at an Association course for Army education; issues of the Indian Opinion newsletter, "Truth about India"; notes on a visit by the Australian and New Zealand Parliamentary delegations; note on meeting of Commonwealth delegations to the Empire Parliamentary Conference at Ottawa, Canada; text of broadcast by Sir Percy Harris on his impressions of the Canadian Parliament and United States Congress, from the Ottawa conference; notes on the delegation to Australia; statement on publications by the British branch of the Association.


  • 1942-11 - 1947-07

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


3 file(s)

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Box 168

Finding aid date

2004-01-21 16:18:00.170000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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