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Correspondence, Oct 1987-Feb 1994

CCO 508/1/59

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  1. CCO 508/1/59/1 - Political correspondence of Sir Christopher Prout MEP, with related secretariat correspondence and papers, Oct 1987-Feb 1994 (= Closed);
  2. CCO 508/1/59/2 - Correspondence of Sir Christopher Prout MEP with Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major, with related papers, Nov 1988-Oct 1993 [some folios have been closed];
  3. CCO 508/1/59/3 - Additional correspondence of Christopher Prout MEP (also includes secretariat correspondence), Dec 1987-Jun 1988.

Correspondents include:

  1. Brooke, Peter, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland [CCO 508/1/59/1];
  2. Catherwood, Sir Frederick, MEP for Cambridgeshire and North Bedfordshire, and Vice-President of the European Parliament [CCO 508/1/59/1-2];
  3. Chichester, Giles, Conservative candidate, later MEP, for Devon and East Plymouth for the 1994 European Elections (outgoing only) [CCO 508/1/59/1];
  4. Griffiths, Brian, Head of Policy Unit, 10 Downing Street (outgoing only) [CCO 508/1/59/1];
  5. Hill, Jonathan, Political Secretary, 10 Downing Street (outgoing only) [CCO 508/1/59/1];
  6. Ingham, Bernard, Chief Press Secretary to the Prime Minister (outgoing only) [CCO 508/1/59/1];
  7. Major, John, Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party [CCO 508/1/59/2];
  8. Plumb, Baron (Henry Plumb), President of the European Parliament and former Chairman, EDG (outgoing only) [CCO 508/1/59/3];
  9. Simpson, Anthony, MEP for Northamptonshire [CCO 508/1/49/3];
  10. Thatcher, Margaret, Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party [CCO 508/1/59/1-2];
  11. Turner, Amédée, MEP for Suffolk and EDG Chief Whip [CCO 508/1/69/2];
  12. Whittingdale, John, Political Secretary, 10 Downing Street (outgoing only) [CCO 508/1/59/1].

Subjects include:

  1. Discrimination in Northern Ireland;
  2. European Elections, 1994;
  3. European People's Party, relations with;
  4. Maastricht Treaty;
  5. Meetings with Margaret Thatcher and John Major;
  6. Relations between the Conservatives in the European Parliament and the Government;
  7. Speeches.


  1. Copy of 'The Directory of Discrimination: Northern Ireland 1991', produced by the Equality Working Group, Belfast [CCO 508/1/59/1];
  2. Text of Margaret Thatcher speech to the Lord Mayor's Banquet, 14 Nov 1988 [CCO 508/1/59/2];
  3. Translation of a letter from Valéry Giscard D'Estaing, former President of France, to Margaret Thatcher, 26 Apr 1989 [CCO 508/1/59/2];
  4. Text of Margaret Thatcher speech to the 59th Conservative Women's National Conference, 24 May 1989 [CCO 508/1/59/2];
  5. Text of Margaret Thatcher statement on the launch of the Conservative Manifesto for the 1989 European Elections, 22 May 1989 [CCO 508/1/59/2];
  6. Copy of Labour Party document, 'British Labour Group of the European Parliament: Programme of Work, 1989-92', dated Oct 1989 [CCO 508/1/59/2];
  7. Transcript of David Dimbleby interview with Margaret Thatcher for Panorama, 'What Future for Thatcherism', aired 27 Nov 1989 [CCO 508/1/59/2];
  8. Text of Margaret Thatcher speech to the 13th Party Leaders Conference of the European Democrat Union, 30 Aug 1990 [CCO 508/1/59/2];
  9. Text of John Major speech to the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, 'The Evolution of Europe', and transcript of subsequent question and answer session, 11 Mar 1991 [CCO 508/1/59/2].


  • Creation: Oct 1987-Feb 1994


1 box (3 folders)

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is closed.


CCO 508/1/59


Arranged in reverse chronological order.

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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