Special Collections & Archives


Weatherill Papers: parliamentary papers 2

Files on particular issues, drafts of speeches and newspaper clippings, articles featuring Weatherill in his various positions of office. See also parliamentary papers 1.

Travel files of the Speaker's visits abroad, 1984-1992

Accession code: WEA/PP T

The files contain material about Weatherill's visits during the parliamentary recesses to other countries, often in his capacity as Chairman and member of the commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers or as a member of the EEC Speakers of National Assemblies. On these visits he was usually accompanied by his wife Lyn and often was in company with Lord Mackay of Clashfern in his capacity as Speaker of the House of Lords. The contents of the files are similar in range to the material found in his engagement files (see WEA/PP E), with many items supplied by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the political and economic background of the country visited and outline biographies of the political and other figures Weatherill is due to meet. There are also some interesting feed back accounts of how the visits are received, which indicate that Weatherill was able to take on the role of a diplomat, as an impartial figure within Parliament. His other role was to represent parliament and the democratic processes in countries struggling to establish the credibility of their own democratic processes.

The arrangement of the information becomes more orderly and is more complete after 1988, and as usual is often annotated in Weatherill's hand with interesting quotations and comments. Some of the travel files have been formed by removing items from the series of engagement files, where they formed files within files. Where this has occurred, it has been indicated by inserting the original or previous file number.

26 files of printed, typescript and manuscript material which include correspondence, invitations, photographs, press cuttings, business cards, postcards, cartoons, minutes, brochures, programmes, maps, menus and magazines.


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