Foreign Affairs Forum, Nov 1966-Jul 1985
- Creation: Nov 1966-Jul 1985
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The Foreign Affairs Forum was formed in 1964 as a parallel organisation to the Conservative Commonwealth Council, similarly to be run by the Conservative Overseas Bureau. It would 'serve as a vehicle for informed discussion and as a "nursery" for fresh talent in this field, especially among Candidates'. It would arrange regular monthly discussions in Westminster as well as ad hoc group study on specific topics although, unlike the CCC no further regional groups were intended.
Its main functions were to:
- Decide on the contents of A Monthly Survey of Foreign Affairs Survey;
- Maintain a link with the Conservative Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee;
- Provide study visits for members and talks by foreign and UK speakers;
- Provide individual and collective hospitality for appropriate foreign visitors.
It subsequently had representation on the Conservative Foreign & Commonwealth Council, along with other Conservative-affiliated groups with interests in European, Commonwealth and foreign affairs.