1984 Mar 2 - 1984 Dec 31
Prime Ministerial Private Office files

Defence (Defence sales) (Part 4)

Document type: File list item
Source: TNA, PREM19 series
Release date: 2014 Jan 3
Classification: Confidential
Page count: 454
Any docs withheld? 2

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84 Dec 6 Th Major Defence: Channon PS letter to No.10 ("Sale of Airbus to Turkey") ["we suspect a degree of brinkmanship by Sir Ray Lygo - BAe are unwilling themselves to carry any share of the exposure... and their bankers have still not decided whether they will carry on their own account the risk on the £36 million loan amount not covered by ECGD"] [declassified Jan 2014]
84 Dec 10 Mo Major Defence: No.10 minute to MT ("Frigates for Pakistan") ["The problem of credit... has re-emerged, with the Pakistanis pressing us to find an extra £30 million... MOD and the FCO want to [comply]... DTI... are prepared to go along... Treasury are firmly opposed"] [declassified Jan 2014]
84 Dec 10 Mo Major Defence: Heseltine minute to MT ("Quarterly Report on Defence Sales and Prospects 1st July to 30th September 1984") ["very disappointing... sales in the first three quarters of 1984 some 29% lower than for the same period in 1983"] [declassified Jan 2014]
84 Dec 11 Tu Major Defence: MT letter to Kenneth Warren MP (sale of Tornado to Turkey) ["There is no question of our using double standards for ECGD exposure in any given market"] [declassified Jan 2014]
84 Dec 14 Fr Major Defence: Defence briefing for MT ("Call by Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Ambassador in Washington, on the Prime Minister - 17th December 1984") [sale of Tornado to Saudi Arabia; Arab/Israeli conflict; MT forthcoming talks with Reagan] [declassified Jan 2014]
84 Dec 16 Su Major Defence: UKE Jedda telegram to FCO ("Call by Prince Bandar bin Sultan on the Prime Minister") ["this meeting... could play a crucial role in recovering our chances on Tornado.... I hope that... [MT] can show... that we recognize that the main Saudi external preoccupation... [is] the Arab-Israel problem... [and the] need for the European Community to work on the Americans"] [declassified Jan 2014]
84 Dec 17 Mo Major Defence: No.10 record of conversation (MT, Heseltine, Prince Bandar, Stephen Egerton) [British media; MT forthcoming talks with Reagan; Arab/Israeli dispute/Middle East peace process; international financial stability; terrorism; sale of Tornado to Saudi Arabia] [declassified Jan 2014]
84 Dec 21 Fr Major Defence: Chancellor of the Exchequer PS letter to No.10 ("Tornados for Turkey") [cover note for UKE Ankara telegram indicating that the Turkish army does not have the de facto autonomy over military expenditure that British Aerospace believes it to have] [declassified Jan 2014]
84 Dec 21 Fr Major Defence: FCO telegram 2180 to UKE Washington (1800Z) ("Saudi Arabia: Tornado") [need to show Saudis that UK emphasising concern to US government about Arab/Israeli dispute, if Tornado deal to be saved; Howe advising MT message to King Fahd, and Ambassador Wright call Prince Bandar after MT talks with Reagan] [declassified Jan 2014]
84 Dec 28 Fr Major Defence: Baroness Young letter to Rees ("ECGD cover for Turkey") [sale of seven Airbus aircraft; second Bosphorus bridge contract] [declassified Jan 2014]
84 Dec 31 Mo Major Defence: MT message to King Fahd (sale of Tornado to Saudi Arabia) [British press; MT visit to US: her assessment of Gorvachev; arms control talks; Middle East peace process ] [declassified Jan 2014]