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Suez Canal, 1951-06 - 1954-05

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/7/85

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and papers on the Suez Canal Committee, with correspondents including: 1st Lord Vansittart on his fears about finding an accommodation with Egypt and the Suez Canal Committee (2); 1st Lord Bruce of Melbourne (3); Charles Waterhouse on Conservative policy over Suez, and the repercussions for the Sudan; 2nd Lord Hailsham [earlier Quintin Hogg, later Lord Hailsham of Saint Marylebone]; Sidney Holland, Prime Minister of New Zealand; Eliahu Elath, Israeli Ambassador to Britain, on LSA's proposal to declare Suez and Sinai a trustee zone, administered by Britain (2); 1st Lord Winster [earlier Reginald Fletcher] (2); John Morrison [later 1st Lord Margadale] (3); 2nd Lord Rennell [earlier Francis Rodd]; Arthur Harvey; Robert Ryder; 1st Lord Cunningham of Hyndhope on subjects including the defeatist attitude towards defending the Canal Zone and its importance (2); Sir Wilfrid Lindsell; [Edward] Henry Legge-Bourke, on a re-occupation of Egypt, the state of forces in the Canal Zone, the precarious position of General Mohammed Neguib [President of Egypt] and British security in the Middle East (2); 1st Lord Alanbrooke [earlier Sir Alan Brooke]; Ian Horobin; Donald Anderson; Kenneth de Courcy; 1st Lord Rotherwick [Director of the Suez Canal Company, earlier Herbert Cayzer]; Lord Hinchingbrooke [later 10th Lord Sandwich, then (Alexander) Victor Montagu]; 3rd Lord Cromer [earlier Lord Errington]; Christopher Holland-Martin.

Also includes: note from the European Review on the issue of sovereignty over the canal; draft press releases on concerns about the withdrawing British troops from the Canal Zone; lists of those invited to the Suez Canal Committee; note by Richard Meinertzhagen [former Chief Political Officer in Palestine and Syria, and Military Adviser to the Colonial Office's Middle East Department] on British policy towards the Canal; draft letter from LSA to 1st Lord Hankey on the Committee's increasing anxiety about the Canal; notes by Julian Amery on the importance of the Canal Zone and negotiations with Egypt, and on discussions of the Suez Canal Committee; press release from a meeting of Commonwealth Prime Ministers on subjects including Suez (1953); press cuttings.


  • Creation: 1951-06 - 1954-05

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

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


1 file(s)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

Box 244

Date information

DateText: The majority of folios date from 1953.

Finding aid date

2004-04-01 16:42:31.530000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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