Public and Political: General: Political: correspondence with Clement Attlee, Prime Minister [from July 1945] (includes copies of wartime documents).

Reference code: CHUR 2/4

Part of: CHUR 2
Next record: CHUR 2/5A-B
Previous record: CHUR 2/3

Date: Dec 1943 - Jul 1951

Scope/content:

Other correspondents include: Leslie Rowan [Principal Private Secretary to Attlee] (2); James Stuart [Chief Opposition Whip] (2); Sir William Haley [Director-General of the BBC] asking WSC to give a talk on the new programme; Ralph Assheton [later 1st Lord Clitheroe, Chairman of the Conservative Party]; 5th Lord Listowel [earlier William Hare, Postmaster-General]; Francis Graham-Harrison (2), Laurence Pumphrey, and Peter Oates [Private Secretaries to Attlee]. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: (WSC's) Private Secretaries John Colville and Rowan; secretaries Elizabeth Gilliatt, Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], and Grace Hamblin; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon].

Subjects covered by the file include: accommodating WSC in the House of Commons; United States naval operations in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey; the post-war US loan; matters concerning India, Egypt, and Palestine; WSC publishing state papers; the Roosevelt Memorial; demobilisation; the level of communication between government and opposition; tension with the Soviet Union; the atomic bomb; tensions in the wartime Cabinet concerning WSC's handling of domestic affairs; political broadcasting; the Government Hospitality Fund; the publication of a letter by WSC in a confidential Foreign Office volume and the Yalta [Soviet Union], Potsdam (Berlin) [Germany], and Teheran [Iran, earlier Persia] conference papers; Attlee's 25th wedding anniversary; criticism of WSC's tenure as Chancellor of the Exchequer; the return of the King [George VI] and Queen from South Africa; WSC attending a lunch for a Norwegian Parliamentary delegation; 1950 and 1951 defence matters; honours and awards of the Garter, Thistle and Patrick.

Also includes: copy of Attlee's proposed House of Commons reply and Cabinet memorandum CP (46) 188 on the publication of state papers; notes of proposals for discussion with the BBC and of a meeting between government and opposition on broadcasting; Protocols of proceedings of the Berlin and Crimea (Yalta) conferences; copy of military conclusions of the Teheran conference; cuttings; dinner invitation from Attlee for an Italian parliamentary delegation.

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Physical: 1 file (186 loose folios)
Publication: Alternative format: Available on microfilm apart from folios 21-27 which are available as original documents.
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CHUR 2/4/48-50 Copy of a letter from WSC to Clement Attlee, Prime Minister, marked "personal and private" thanking him for his draft speech on the Roosevelt Memorial Bill; promising to write again about a publication; and discussing demobilisation figures and the possibility of war with the Soviet Union, noting that the Russians are hampered by two reasons "their virtue and self restraint. The second, the possession by the United States of the Atomic bomb." 10 Oct 1946
CHUR 2/4/61-63 Copy of a letter from WSC (28, Hyde Park Gate, London) to Clement Attlee, Prime Minister, marked "private" in which he discusses subjects including: publication of their correspondence; information about Soviet forces in Europe; and the Atomic bomb and his agreement with the President [Franklin Roosevelt] that the United Kingdom is entitled to a share of information as well as to bombs. He ends by noting that he feels the public should be informed about the lack of consultation between the government and opposition on foreign policy, peace negotiations and national defence. 06 Oct 1946