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1985 Jan 2 - 1985 Oct 25
Prime Ministerial Private Office files

PREM19/1446
Defence (Defence sales) (Part 5)

Document type: File list item
Source: TNA, PREM19 series
Release date: 2015 Jul 16
Classification: Secret
Page count: 357
Any docs withheld? 30

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85 Jan 2 Wed Defence: MT letter to King Fahd (Prime Minister's talks with President Reagan at Camp David) [USSR; Middle East peace process] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 Jan 6 Sun Defence: Charles Powell minute to MT ("Tornado for Saudi Arabia") ["Saudis want a commitment from us to discuss oil prices in future with them before making changes"] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 Jan 8 Tue Defence: UKE Jedda telegram 20 to FCO (1100Z) ("Tornado") [confusion over signal from Saudis of intention not to proceed with purchase] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 Jan 8 Tue Defence: Head of Defence Sales, MoD letter to MT (Defence Sales in 1984 and 1985) ["My very personal view is that 1985 should see a return to our winning ways"] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 Jan 9 Wed Defence: Rees letter to Channon ("Frigates for Pakistan") [export credit cover risks] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 Jan 10 Thu Defence: MT message to King Fahd (sale of Tornado & developments in the oil market) [MT "delighted" with sale, and promises discretion until details are finalised; notes that she has asked Peter Walker to meet with Sheikh Yamani "to discuss how our objectives in relation to oil prices might be met"] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 Jan 14 Mon Defence: UKE Jedda telegram 27 to FCO (0545Z) ("Tornado") [conveyance of MT message to King Fahd & of her request for Fahd to visit UK; Peter Walker meeting with Yamani] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 Feb 5 Tue Defence: Rees minute to MT ("Cover for Arms Sales") [latest Quarterly Report on Defence Sales: identifying "export credit cover beyond what... [is] prudent in the light of ECGD's deteriorating finances"] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 Feb 5 Tue Defence: Robin Butler minute to Charles Powell ("Sale of Ptarmigan to the United States") [Lord Weinstock noting that media creating false impression of "a struggle between a wholly British and a wholly French system"] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 Feb 18 Mon Defence: No.10 record of conversation (MT, Prince Bandar bin Sultan al Saud) ["Saudi Arabia: Tornado"] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 Mar 5 Tue Defence: Heseltine minute to MT ("Quarterly Report on Defence Sales and Prospects 1st October to 31st December 1984") [Charles Powell notes: "Disappointing... But some useful prospects in the countries you will be visiting at Easter"] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 Mar 25 Mon Defence: Heseltine minute to MT ("Frigates for Pakistan") ["a summary of the current position regarding the frigate sale"] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 Apr 2 Tue Defence: No.10 letter to Howe PS ("Saudi Arabia: Tornado") [MT agrees to visit Saudi Arabia on her way back from South East Asia; Defence briefing attached] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 May 16 Thu Defence: Heseltine letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer ("Tornado for Oman") [Heseltine argues case for generous financial terms; Lawson expected to oppose; MT holds off on intervening] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 May 21 Tue Defence: Howe minute to Chancellor of the Exchequer ("Tornado for Oman") [argues political case for generous credit terms] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 May 22 Wed Defence: Rees letter to Heseltine ("Tornados for Oman") [response to Heseltine's case for concessions in the contract] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 May 22 Wed Defence: Charles Powell minute to MT ("Tornado for Oman") [Howe/Heseltine in favour of concessions; Rees opposed; "I think you will have to rule"] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 May 28 Tue Defence: Geoffrey Pattie minute to Peter Rees ("Tornados for Oman") ["need for further improvements to the finance package"] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 Jun 3 Mon Defence: Heseltine minute to MT ("Defence Sales to Jordan") [Heseltine in favour of improving credit terms, to prevent deal going to France or Russia] [declassified Jul 2015]
85 Jun 5 Wed Defence: Rees minute to MT ("Defence Sales to Jordan") [willing to approve a "more modest" credit cover increase than Heseltine proposes; opposes softening of the terms of the loan] [declassified Jul 2015]