CollectionBernard Weatherill Papers
TitleTravel files of the Speaker's visits abroad, 1984 - 1992
Extent26 files
DescriptionThe 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, 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 people Weatherill is due to meet. There are also some interesting feedback 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.
NotesPrevious reference number: WEA/PP/T/
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.
Economic systems
Related PersonMackay, James, Baron Mackay of Clashfern, (1927-), Lord Chancellor (1987-1997), Speaker of the House of Lords
Weatherill, Lyn, (1928-), née Eatwell, wife of Weatherill
Related OrganisationHouse of Lords
Speakers of European Assemblies
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Cartoons and comic strips
Press cuttings
Printed publications
Magazines and fanzines
Access conditionsThis material is available for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU (
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