Archive (Walters MSS)

Economy: Alan Walters diary [Civil service arbitration award; Parkinson’s report of War cabinet ][released 2012]

Document type: Declassified documents
Source: Walters MSS (Churchill Archives Centre): WTRS 3/1/2
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Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 188
Themes: Employment, Monetary policy

Tuesday 27th April 1982

civil Service arbitration award of 5.9% is nicely judged - we cannot fight it; but would if it were 6.5% - NHS, PM likely to agree to increase to 7 or more %

MS [Michael Scholar] said PM is v. techy [sic] with FO - they compare v. unfavorably with the Armed Forces who have shown that they are v. efficient. But she must give FO a chance to pull it out of the fire.

Spoke to Middleton about Bank saying always that it must defend sterling with interest rate policies.

Lunch at Gay Huzar [Gay Hussar] with Frank Giles, Hugo Young, Sarah Hogg, David Lipsey (used to be at No. 10) Benbridge etc.

- unemployment causes - they deny any benefit effect - hardly any

THS [text unclear] - most wrong etc. - but they had been wrong

Cecil Parkinson said Pym wanted to chicken out at mornings War Cabinet. PM insisted that they would not - even Willie [William Whitelaw] wavered somewhat. Then in afternoon morning Cabinet Pym proposed exactly the opposite of what he had said in the morning War Cabinet.