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Correspondence and papers concerning meetings of the Joint Party Chairmen with Harold Macmillan, May-July 1963

CCO 20/38/1

[The meetings took place at Admiralty House, the Prime Minister's official residence during the reconstruction of 10 Downing Street. Agenda and notes of meetings were compiled and circulated by Tim Bligh, Macmillan's Principal Private Secretary.]

Correspondents include:-

  1. Bligh, Tim J., Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister
  2. Evans, Harold, Press Secretary, Leader's Private Office
  3. Fraser, Sir Michael, Director, Conservative Research Department
  4. Hope, John, 1st Baron Glendevon, MP for Edinburgh Pentlands
  5. Macleod, Iain, Conservative Party Joint Chairman
  6. Macmillan, Harold, Prime Minister
  7. Poole, Lord Oliver, Conservative Party Joint Chairman
  8. Redmayne, Martin, Chief Whip

Subjects include:-

  1. Tribute to Sir Winston Churchill, and his comments on the nuclear deterrent
  2. The appointment of chairman of the Central Advisory Board for Education
  3. Completion and publication of the Robbins Report on Higher Education [i.e., the report of the Committee on Higher Education chaired by Lord Robbins]
  4. Liaison with the Press in relation to the House of Lords Reform Bill
  5. The White Paper on Housing
  6. Circulation to Members of Parliament of political material by Ministers
  7. Management of the Press prior to major speeches by the Prime Minister
  8. The position of Women in the Conservative Party, including development of policies appealing to Women, and the appointment of Women to senior positions
  9. The propaganda value of the switch of Aidan Crawley MP from the Labour Party to the Conservative Party over 'clause 4'
  10. Press arrangements for Macmillan's Albert Hall speech
  11. The value of the Prime Minister addressing the three Chambers of Commerce of Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Norwich
  12. Reform of the 1954 Television Act to allow greater freedom of broadcasting authorities to report on elections
  13. Public Opinion an the nuclear deterrent
  14. Distribution of transcripts of Macmillan's speech in Wolverhampton and television broadcast of 28/06/1963
  15. Conservative Party foreign policy and the position on re-opening of negotiations on joining the EEC
  16. The Prime Minister to write to the Archbishop of Canterbury concerning the nuclear deterrent


  1. Agenda for weekly meeting between the Party Chairman and Party Leader:- 14/05/1963, 21/05/1963, 28/05/1963
  2. Notes of decisions reached at weekly meetings:- 14/05/1963, 21/05/1963, 24/05/1963, 02/07/1963, 09/07/1963
  3. Minute for the Prime Minister concerning the presentation of Government policy, Harold Evans, Press Secretary, 10/05/1963
  4. Note of meeting between Iain Macleod and Evelyn Emmet concerning the position of women in the Conservative Party, 18/05/1963
  5. Note of railway lines affected by the Beeching Report, ND [c.May 1963]
  6. Memorandum, 3pp, 'Public Opinion and the Nuclear Deterrent', [Authors: BS/MF/JAT], Conservative Research Department, 28/05/1963
  7. Memorandum from Michael Fraser to Iain Macleod incorporating the results of a Gallup poll on the independent nuclear deterrent, 28/06/1963


  • Creation: May-July 1963


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  • English

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CCO 20/38/1

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