MC:P2/7/4C Correspondence on miscellaneous political matters
MC:P2/7/4C/1 Jun 1964–Jun 1978
Folder of papers and letters on political and personal matters. Subjects include a Conservative Rally at Blenheim Palace, African affairs, interviews given by Dodds-Parker on the 1951–1955 government, thoughts on Conservative unity, a photograph of Dodds-Parker at a supper evening of the English-speaking Union and Dodds-Parker’s curriculum vitae. Correspondents include Robert, Marquis of Salisbury, the Duke of Marlborough, Karl Carstens, Lord Home, Archbishop Derek Worlock, Francis Pym, Margaret Thatcher, Roy Jenkins, Edward Heath, Lord Thorneycroft, the Earl of Avon and William Whitelaw [82 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/2 Apr 1966–Aug 1969
Bundle of correspondence concerning Dodds-Parker’s financial situation as an MP. Correspondents include James Callaghan, Reginald Maudling and Harold Lever [19 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/3 Oct 1966–May 1967
Correspondence between Dodds-Parker and the National Coal Board, on a proposed visit to their Research Establishment [4 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/4 Mar 1967
2 letters to Dodds-Parker from the Polish Foreign Minister, and the Polish Ambassador, thanking him for his hospitality to the former during his visit to the Houses of Parliament.
MC:P2/7/4C/5 Jun 1967–Jun 1968
6 letters to Dodds-Parker concerning the asking of questions to the Prime Minister.
MC:P2/7/4C/6 Sep 1967
Letter from Lord Avon to Dodds-Parker.
MC:P2/7/4C/7 Jan–Feb 1968
Bundle of letters and papers relating to two Parliamentary questions asked by Dodds-Parker concerning speeches given by the Minister of Technology (Anthony Wedgwood Benn) and the Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs [7 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/8 Sep 1968–Jan 1970
Folder inscribed A.D. Dodds-Parker – Personal 1969, containing many letters to Dodds-Parker on various matters, including general Parliamentary business, Dodds-Parker’s membership of the Advisory Group on U.N. Affairs (which included a visit to Bermuda), private business matters, a transcript of a radio documentary on Emperor Haile Selassie (to which Dodds-Parker made a contribution), his dealings with the English Speaking Union, some miscellaneous constituency business, relations with Sudan, visits to Henley Regatta and Dodds-Parker’s role as a member of the Parliamentary Mental Health Information Unit. Correspondents include Otto von Hapsburg, the Deputy Soviet Foreign Minister, Goronwy Roberts, William Whitelaw, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Humphry Berkeley [271 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/9 1969–1971 & 1974–1975
Bundle of personal and political correspondence. Correspondents include Margaret Thatcher, Brooks Richards and Alec Wise [27 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/10 Sep–Oct 1969
3 letters concerning the role of the Governor of Northern Ireland (who at this time was Ralph Grey), between Grey, Dodds-Parker and Edward Heath.
MC:P2/7/4C/11 Feb–Oct 1970
Bundle of correspondence to and from Dodds-Parker on miscellaneous matters. Subjects include possible authors for biographies of Lord Wavell and Lord Alexander, a visit by Edward Heath to Cheltenham, a planned visit to the West Indies, including the Turks and Caicos Islands, the aftermath of the 1970 General Election. Correspondents include Lord Martonmere, Sir Francis Cumming-Bruce, C.W. Maguire, Sir Colin Gubbins, Charles Saltzman and Sir Alec Douglas-Home [41 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/12 May 1970
Envelope containing correspondence between the Speaker, Charles Hoyllins(?) and Dodds-Parker, mostly concerning a dispute which arose between the last two during a Parliamentary Question Time [3 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/13 Jun 1970–Dec 1971
Bundle of letters to and from Dodds-Parker on miscellaneous Parliamentary business. Subjects include the Conservatives’ victory in the 1970 General Election, Dodds-Parker’s election as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the death of General de Gaulle, the reporting of speeches by backbenchers in the press, preparation for the debates on applying to join the EEC.
Correspondents include Francis Pym, David Lindsay, Sir Michael Fraser, Edward Heath, Anthony Barber, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the French and US Ambassadors to London, the Earl of Cromer, Lord Avon, Horace King, Lord Hill, Keith Joseph, Sir Tufton Beamish, and Peter Thomas [60 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/14 Oct 1970–Jan 1974
Bundle of assorted correspondence related to Dodds-Parker’s ordinary Parliamentary work. Subjects include invitations to give speeches, the issue of arms to South Africa, public transport, the nomination of a new Speaker, and copies of letters from Dodds-Parker published in several newspapers. Correspondents include Francis Pym, Paul Channon, Roy Jenkins and William Whitelaw [51 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/15 Jan 1971–Mar 1975
Folder of correspondence to and from Dodds-Parker on miscellaneous matters (mainly political). Subjects include societies of which Dodds-Parker was a member (including the Nazdrowians, the USSR-Britain Association, the 92 Group and the British-American Parliamentary Group), the writing of references for friends, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Channel Tunnel, relations between Britain and Eastern Europe (including reactions by Dodds-Parker to a visit made by him and Aileen Dodds-Parker to the USSR in Sept 1971), developments in Turkey, the last years of Major Alec Wise (Dodds-Parker’s uncle), dealings with Dodds-Parker’s constituency (including Dodds-Parker’s election as President of the Cheltenham Conservative Club), some notes on books written on the SOE, some delayed letters of congratulation to Dodds-Parker on his knighthood and the General Election of February 1974.
Correspondents include Nicholas Ridley, Malcolm Ross, Peter Thomas, Lord Grey, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, John Tilney, Tom Normanton, Anthony Royle, Jack Heinz, Keith Speed, Sir Martin Charteris, General J.N. Chaudhuri, Charles Saltzman, Selwyn Lloyd, Bryan Reid, Edward Heath, Patrick Wall, Airey Neave, Lord Thorneycroft [174 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/16 May–Jun 1971
Bundle of correspondence between Dodds-Parker and two disappointed applicants for Parliamentary candidatures [7 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/17 Feb–Dec 1972
Bundle of correspondence to Dodds-Parker on political matters, including Britain’s joining the EEC. Correspondents include Francis Pym and Sir Tufton Beamish [6 letters].
MC:P2/7/4C/18 Oct 1972–Jul 1973
Folder of correspondence to and from Dodds-Parker on miscellaneous matters. Subjects include World War II reminiscences, the asking of a Parliamentary question by Dodds-Parker, duty-free shops and Dodds-Parker’s sponsoring a potential Conservative MP. Correspondents include Iain Sproat, Anthony Kershaw, Viscount Eccles, the Portuguese Ambassador to London, Lord Lambton, General J. Chaudhuri, and Sir Edwin Leather [34 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/19 1 May 1973
Letter listing all members of Churchill’s last administration who are still in the House of Commons, or hold ministerial office in the House of Lords.
MC:P2/7/4C/20 Jul 1973–Mar 1974
Folder of correspondence to and from Dodds-Parker on miscellaneous matters. Subjects include working on the foreign affairs section of the Conservative Party’s next manifesto, reactions to the coup in Chile, Dodds-Parker’s standing down as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Ethiopian affairs. Correspondents include Sir Alec Douglas-Home, John Biggs-Davison, John Temple, Francis Pym, Karl Carstens, the Crown Prince of Ethiopia and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia [38 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/21 Dec 1973–Feb 1975
Folder of correspondence to Dodds-Parker on various matters. Subjects include foreign policy, the aftermath of the February 1974 General Election, Dodds-Parker’s reminiscences of the Oxford University Air Squadron and Sudanese affairs. Correspondents include Lord Avon, Karl Carstens, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Senator Bill Fulbright, the Ethiopian Ambassador to London, Christopher Mayhew, David Ennals, and Claude Cheysson [19 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/22 Oct 1973–Mar 1974
Correspondence between Dodds-Parker and Edward Heath, on Heath’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference at Blackpool, and on the Middle East [7 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/23 Jan 1974–Mar 1975
Folder of papers concerning Dodds-Parker’s last months in the House of Commons and the European Parliament. Subjects include his decision (later withdrawn) to stand down as MP for Cheltenham before the Election of February 1974, his final decision to leave in October 1974, and the choice of a successor, a speech given by Aileen Dodds-Parker (probably to a local Conservative group), a report of Dodds-Parker’s visit to Mauritius, Madagascar, Mogadishu and Cairo in Nov 1974 as a member of the Joint Committee of the Africa/European Parliament, and several letters expressing regret at Dodds-Parker’s retirement from Parliament. Correspondents include Edward Heath, James Callaghan, Airey Neave, Humphrey Atkins and Alec Douglas-Home [52 items].
MC:P2/7/4C/24 May–Oct 1974
Bundle of correspondence to and from Dodds-Parker on miscellaneous matters. Correspondents include Lord Alport [16 items].
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