MC:P2/7/2C Correspondence on Foreign Affairs
MC:P2/7/2C/1 Apr 1964–Jul 1970
Folder of papers relating to Dodds-Parker’s interest in events in Rhodesia. Subjects covered include whether or not to impose sanctions (Dodds-Parker opposed this) and letters from Rhodesians reporting on conditions there. The folder also includes cuttings from the Sunday Telegraph of 14 Nov 1965, allegedly quoting Dodds-Parker, a copy of the Gloucestershire Echo (which includes a report on Dodds-Parker) and a copy of the bill of 1965 to introduce sanctions against Rhodesia. Correspondents include Harold Wilson, Edward Heath, Lord Lambton and John Biggs-Davison [30 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/2 Aug 1964–Nov 1969
Folder of papers relating to Dodds-Parker’s work in the Middle East, including material concerning Saudi Arabia, Libya, Arab-Israeli relations and Bahrein. Correspondents include the Libyan Planning Minister, George Brown, the Saudi Ambassador, Lord Lambton, Alec Douglas-Home and the Queen’s Private Secretary [41 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/3 Jan 1965–Jul 1971
Folder of letters and papers relating to various aspects of Dodds-Parker’s interests in foreign affairs. Subjects include EFTA, the exploitation of the ocean floor, relations between Commonwealth sugar producers and the EEC and the British-American Parliamentary Group. Correspondents include William Whitelaw, Alec Douglas-Home, Joseph Godber, Peter Emery and Lord Bessborough [18 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/4 Apr 1966–Dec 1968
Folder of papers concerning Dodds-Parker’s dealings with the Conservative Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee. Some notes for speeches by Dodds-Parker are included. Correspondents include Sir Alec Douglas-Home [16 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/5 2 Dec 1966
Letter to Dodds-Parker from Lord Avon, on the WEU.
MC:P2/7/2C/6 Feb 1967
Letter to Dodds-Parker from Lord Avon, largely on Arab affairs.
MC:P2/7/2C/7 Apr 1967–May 1968
Folder of papers concerning the Suez crisis, in particular a series of articles in The Times by Anthony Nutting in 1967 setting out his account of the affair. Papers include cuttings with the relevant articles, cuttings from other newspapers discussing this and other matters related to Suez, letters between Dodds-Parker and Nutting, as well as copies of extracts from memoirs or biographies of Lord Gladwyn, Walter Monckton, and a photocopy of the news of Dodds-Parker’s departure from the government in Jan 1957, annotated by him. There is also some correspondence on compensation for Dodds-Parker’s uncle Major Alec Wise, who had been Vice-President of the Turf Club in Cairo in 1956, when he was deprived of his house. Correspondents include Anthony Nutting, Lord Avon, Lord Glendevon, George Thomson, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath and Sue Ryder [62 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/8 Jan 1968–Dec 1971
Folder of papers relating to Dodds-Parker’s work on the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Committee. Subjects include the administration of the Committee (including the appointment of officers), possible left-wing infiltration of the Civil Service, the organisation of the North Atlantic Assembly, Russian allegations about the purpose behind Churchill’s Fulton speech, plans to join the EEC, the Middle East, Dodds-Parker’s concerns over a lack of long-term planning in foreign policy, problems in the Sudan (and Dodds-Parker’s dealings with its former Prime Minister Sirr al Khatim al Khalifa), pensions for former civil servants in the African service, British Dependencies and Rhodesia. Correspondents include Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Anthony Barber, Anthony Kershaw, Peter Smithers, George Thompson, Sir Anthony Buzzard, John Peel, Goronwy Roberts, Francis Pym, Edward Rayner, Sir Frederic Bennett, Anthony Royle, John Biggs-Davison, Martin McLaren, Selwyn Lloyd, Lord Selkirk, Geoffrey Rippon, the Swedish Ambassador, the Turkish Ambassador to the North Atlantic Assembly, Joseph Godber, Patrick Wall, William Whitelaw, Gilbert Longden, and Bernard Braine [110 items].
[Note here MC:P2/7/2C/36, dating from Apr 1968]
MC:P2/7/2C/9 Jan–Mar 1969
Bundle of letters and papers relating to foreign affairs in Parliament, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Committee, lists of members with special interests for various countries and lists of affiliated Parliamentary Groups, with their members [15 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/10 Mar–Dec 1969
Folder of papers relating to Dodds-Parker’s work with the United Nations, including his membership of the Parliamentary Advisory Group on the UN, and the UN 25th Anniversary National Co-Ordinating Committee. Several circulars for the Advisory Group are included. Correspondents include Goronwy Roberts [35 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/11 Jan 1970–Feb 1971
Folder containing papers (mostly letters to and from Rear-Admiral Sir Anthony Buzzard, or copied by him) concerning Middle Eastern matters [125 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/12 Jul 1970–Feb 1971
Correspondence on a planned visit by Conservative MPs to Portugal. This was first to be headed by Selwyn Lloyd, who was then elected Speaker, after which the job was offered to Dodds-Parker, who had other engagements. Correspondents include Selwyn Lloyd, Sir Frederic Bennett and Sir Alec Douglas-Home [4 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/13 Jul 1970–Feb 1971
Correspondence about the Gulf States. Correspondents include Sir John Foster and Sir Alec Douglas-Home [5 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/14 Jul 1970–Feb 1972
Folder of papers and correspondence relating to Dodds-Parker’s work as Chairman of the Conservative Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee. Subjects include relations with the Arab world, whether or not to sell arms to South Africa, Dodds-Parker’s work with the Council of Europe, trade links with other parts of Africa, relations with Rhodesia, meetings with foreign ambassadors, the future of Hong Kong, relations with Turkey, relations with Ethiopia, the release of prisoners of war in South-East Asia, early stages in Britain’s joining the EEC, and making available records on the SOE.
Correspondents include Sir John Foster, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Patrick Wall, Lord Colyton, Lord Avon, John Temple, Anthony Royle, Sir Harry Legge-Bourke, Christopher Mayhew, Peter Hordern, Bernard Braine, John Tilney, the Marquess of Lothian, Lord Selkirk, Arthur Blenkinsop, Martin McLaren, Neil Marten, Viscount Boyd, Julian Amery, Brigadier Michael Harbottle, Joseph Godber, Michael Noble, William Whitelaw, Peter Emery, Iain Sproat, Julian Critchley, Lord Forbes, John Peel, Geoffrey Rippon, Francis Pym, Edward Heath and Sir John Rodgers [221 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/15 Mar 1971
Letter from Lord Lothian to Dodds-Parker on Ethiopian matters.
MC:P2/7/2C/16 Mar 1971
Letter from Anthony Barber to Dodds-Parker on MPs’ accommodation expenses in London.
MC:P2/7/2C/17 Mar 1971–May 1973
Folder inscribed “Law of Sea”, containing letters and papers relating to various aspects of maritime law, including the fishing dispute with Iceland [10 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/18 6–18 May 1971
Bundle of 11 letters concerning foreign affairs, especially Europe and China. Correspondents include Sir Frederic Bennet and Anthony Royle.
MC:P2/7/2C/19 Dec 1971–Jan 1973
Folder of letters and papers in Ireland, including briefing papers for Dodds-Parker, and reports of a clash in the Council of Europe between Dodds-Parker and Desmond O’Malley, the Irish Justice Minister [20 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/20 24 Jan 1972
Letter from Edward Heath to Dodds-Parker on Middle East matters.
MC:P2/7/2C/21 Feb–Apr 1972
6 letters in which Dodds-Parker suggested that Sir Alec Douglas-Home visit the new CENTO railway on his trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Correspondents include Sir Alec.
MC:P2/7/2C/22 Feb 1972 and Nov 1973
Folder inscribed “ME – Settlement”, containing letters and papers, mostly concerning the Oil Crisis of 1973, including a letter from Dodds-Parker to the Times on Middle Eastern matters. Correspondents include Sir Alec Douglas-Home [8 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/23 Feb–Dec 1972
Folder of correspondence relating to Dodds-Parker’s work as Chairman of the Conservative Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee. Subjects include the British School at Brussels, visits from foreign dignitaries, some material on SIS and SOE, plans for joining the EEC, with procedures for working in the European Parliament, possible diplomatic relations with North Korea and Albania, British relations with Arab states, Dodds-Parker’s work on the Council of Europe (including a visit to Turkey by the Council’s Political Committee), Radio Free Europe, reminiscences of Dodds-Parker’s work in the Sudan and the reporting of European affairs.
Correspondents include the Turkish, Iranian, Polish and Portuguese Ambassadors to London, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, John Peel, Sir Bernard Braine, Anthony Royle, Sir Lewis Hodges, Joseph Godber, Sir Michael Fraser, Lord Fenner Brockway, Sir Tufton Beamish, Kenneth Warren, Reginald Maudling, Francis Pym, Martin McLaren, Duncan Sandys, Geoffrey Rippon, Sir Harry Legge-Bourke, Anthony Kershaw, Viscount Boyd and Senator John Sherman Cooper [121 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/24 Mar–Jul 1972
Bundle of letters on various political matters, mostly on foreign affairs. Correspondents include the Marquess of Salisbury, William Whitelaw, Alec Douglas-Home and Sir Bernard Braine [6 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/25 Jun 1972
Folder of papers concerning a visit made by a group of Conservative M.P.s (including Dodds-Parker) to Paris. [10 items]
MC:P2/7/2C/26 Aug 1972
Letter from the Speaker of the Indian Parliament to Dodds-Parker concerning a visit by an Indian delegation to Britain which he helped arrange.
MC:P2/7/2C/27 Aug–Sep 1972
5 letters between Dodds-Parker and Sir Alec Douglas-Home, on Middle Eastern matters.
MC:P2/7/2C/28 Nov 1972–Aug 1973
Folder of correspondence to and from Dodds-Parker relating to his work in the Foreign Affairs Committee. Subjects include the EEC, organisations in which Dodds-Parker was involved (such as the Europe-America Conference, the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding, the Ditchley Foundation, the North Atlantic Assembly), the opium trade, meetings with foreign ambassadors in London, preparations for the 19th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and Sudanese affairs. Correspondents include Anthony Royle, James Prior, Iain Sproat, Prof. J. Coveney, Michael Grylls, Sir Bernard Braine, John Tilney, Norman Lamont, Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Lord Balniel [59 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/29 Nov 1972–Jul 1974
Folder of correspondence to and from Dodds-Parker concerning the problems of disaster relief. Correspondents include representatives of the General Synod’s Board for Social Responsibility, F.A.N.Y and Anthony Royle [14 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/30 Dec 1972–Jun 1973
Folder of papers and correspondence between DDC and Edward du Cann, concerning Dodds-Parker’s future as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee following his appointment as a Member of the European Parliament [10 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/31 Jan 1973
2 letters between Dodds-Parker and Anthony Royle (Under-Secretary of State, Foreign Office), concerning the opium trade in Thailand.
MC:P2/7/2C/32 30 Jan–1 Feb 1973
2 letters between Dodds-Parker and the Polish Ambassador on Anglo-Polish relations, with a copy of a Bulletin published by the Polish Government concerning a treaty signed between them and West Germany.
MC:P2/7/2C/33 Mar 1974
Letter from Sir Alec Douglas-Home to Dodds-Parker inviting him to sit on the Front Bench during Foreign and Commonwealth Office Questions.
MC:P2/7/2C/34 18 Feb 
Letter to Dodds-Parker from Alec Douglas-Home thanking him for lunch.
MC:P2/7/2C/35 May–Jun 1974
Folder of letters to and from Dodds-Parker concerning the crisis in Portugal [9 items].
MC:P2/7/2C/36 23 Apr 1968
Letter from Harold Wilson to Dodds-Parker inviting him to become one of the delegates from the UK Parliament to the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe.
MC:P2/7/2C/37 7 Nov 1966
Letter to Dodds-Parker from Anthony Eden (resident in Barbados), reflecting on foreign policy.
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