Belgrano Controversy, 1982-04-10 - 1987-03-08
Scope and Contents
Papers on the political controversy surrounding the sinking of the "General Belgrano", mostly relating to the publication of the 'minority report' on the events of 1-2 May 1982 [The Third Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee of Session 1984-85 (HC 11)] compiled by Spearing and three other Labour members of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs. Including a poem 'written on the Thames at Hampton' on the Falklands War entitled 'Poem at Easter 1982', with covering note to Austen Spearing, Nigel's father; letter from Geoffrey Howe to Nigel Spearing on the minority report; Foreign Affairs Committee press notice; copy of Spearing's apology to Francis Pym and his Point of Order made in the House of Commons, 26 July 1985; text of speech for press conference announcing the minority report by Ian Mikardo; correspondence between Spearing and Ian Curteis regarding 'The Falklands Play'; copy of the minority report and covering letters to various politicians, including the Peruvian Foreign Secretary; correspondence from Diana Gould and Duncan Smith of the Belgrano Action Group; notes of a meeting about a 'Belgrano Tribunal' held at 103 Cloudesley Road, London with Tam Dalyell, Diana Gould, Clive Ponting, and others, on 19 December 1985; briefing papers issued by the Belgrano Action Group entitled 'Belgrano Enquiry - Draft Programme' and 'Note about Structure and Procedure'; various press cuttings on the controversy, including coverage of Margaret Thatcher's 1985 TV-AM interview with David Frost; and copy of draft report prepared by Spearing entitled 'The Events of 1-2 May 1982', with covering statement. Filed together with copy of document on the 'Development of the Common Foreign and Security Policy' of the European Union, dated 11 June 1996.
- 1982-04-10 - 1987-03-08
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
Language of Materials
Former / Other Reference
Finding aid date
- Dalyell, Thomas, Sir, 1932 - 2017 (11th Baronet, politician, called Tam Dalyell)
- Falklands War (1982)
- Howe, Richard Edward Geoffrey, 1926 (Baron Howe of Aberavon, politician)
- Pym, Francis Leslie, 1923 - 2009 (Baron Pym, statesman)
- Thatcher, Margaret Hilda, 1925 - 2013 (née Roberts, Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, Prime Minister)