Archive (Walters MSS)

Economy: Alan Walters diary [Howe bit upset on Walters’ priming PM; PM unhappy with Walters’ paper on European credit subsidies][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: 126
Themes: Monetary policy, Public spending & borrowing

Friday 6th August 1982

Mkts subdued today after great sell out yesterday - nearly funded all for August - and sold 1988 IG’s [Indexed Gilts]

Geoffrey [Sir Geoffrey Howe] for an hour - he was a bit upset I had primed the PM on the extension of the short tap - but generally v. friendly. Talked about Defence and need for some control on spending.

Monetary Control + poss of conversion - he was very cautious but agreed that Gov [Gordon Richardson] had got the message of no more conventional longs.

PM returned my paper on European Credit Subsidies - clearly not v. happy with my hawkish attitude - but GH agreed that they were Nationalised Industries + GEC and the SAME gang who got benefit