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Table of Contents

Introduction
Steering Committee, 1963-4
Steering Committee, 1965-1966
Steering Committee, 1968-1970
Steering Committee, 1970-4
Steering Committee, 1974-9


Steering Committee, 1963-79

Abstract:
Papers of the Steering Committee, 1963-79

Shelfmarks: SC 1-17

Extent: 17 shelfmarks

Organisational History

The Steering Committee was, in effect, an inner cabinet of Ministers meeting together, without their civil servants, to look ahead politically. (In Opposition, this body was an inner Shadow Cabinet). The Steering Committee was first formally constituted in 1957.

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Steering Committee, 1963-4

SC 1 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • Meeting at Chequers, 28 Apr. 1963
  • SC (63) 3 The Opposition Parties and the Election, 11 Mar. 1963
  • SC (63) 4 Some Preliminary Ideas, 11 Mar. 1963
  • SC (63) 5 Public Opinion, 11 Mar. 1963
  • SC (63) 6 Minutes of 1st meeting, 18 Mar. 1963
  • SC (63) 7 Britain in Top Gear by Peter Goldman, 7 June 1963
  • SC (63) 8 Paper by Lord Hailsham on Universities; Relations between the Government, Science and Industry; the Future of Technology; Nuclear Power and National Parks, 18 June 1963
  • SC (63) 9 A Guaranteed Minimum Income in Old Age by Peter Goldman, 2 May 1963
  • SC (63) 10 'Choice in Welfare' - Institute of Economic Affairs survey, 24 July 1963
  • SC (63) 11 Paper by R.A. Butler on the Home Office; Commonwealth and Agriculture subjects, 23 July 1963
  • SC (63) 12 Letter to Prime Minister from Selwyn Lloyd about a proposal for a Commonwealth Economic Development Council, 13 May 1963
  • SC (63) 13 Minutes of 2nd meeting, 26 July 1963
  • SC (63) 14 Public Opinion since 1959, 11 Dec. 1963
  • SC (63) 15 Current Issues, 12 Dec. 1963
  • SC (64) 16 Minutes of 3rd meeting, 18 Dec. 1963
  • SC (64) 17 Agricultural Constituencies, 21 Jan. 1964
  • SC (64) 18 1964 General Election - Manifesto, 24 Jan. 1964
1963-4
SC 2 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • SC (64) 19 Minutes of 4th meeting, 28 Jan. 1964
  • SC (64) 20 1964 General Election - Manifesto (second draft), 5 Mar. 1964
  • SC (64) 21 Minutes of 5th meeting, 11 Mar. 1964
  • SC (64) 22 1964 General Election - Manifesto (third draft), 6 Apr. 1964
  • SC (64) 23 Policy Statement - Scotland, 8 Apr. 1964
  • SC (64) 24 Policy Statement - Wales, 7 Apr. 1964
  • SC (64) 25 Minutes of 6th meeting, 10 Apr. 1964
  • SC (64) 27 Preference for the Old and Chronic Sick - paper by Richard Wood, 18 June 1964
  • SC (64) 28 Re-draft of certain social security paragraphs of 1964 manifesto, 22 June 1964
  • SC (64) 29 Transferability of Pensions by John Boyd-Carpenter, 19 June 1964
  • Public Service Pensions by John Boyd-Carpenter, 19 June 1964
  • SC (64) 31 Minutes of the 7th meeting, 24 June 1964
  • SC (64) 32 1964 General Election - manifesto (fourth draft), 30 June 1964
1964
SC 3 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • SC (64) 33 Minutes of 8th meeting, 2 July 1964
  • SC (64) 34 Public Service Pensions including Armed Service Pensions - minutes and letters, June 1964
  • SC (64) 35 Preferential Treatment of the Chronic Sick by Richard Wood, 17 July 1964
  • SC (64) 36 Minster for the Care of the Elderly - minute from Sir Keith Joseph to the Prime Minister, 9 July 1964
  • SC (64) 37 'Social Security and the Elderly' - section from fourth draft of the 1964 manifesto and Richard Wood's comments, July 1964
  • SC (64) 38 Minutes of 9th meeting, 22 July 1964
  • SC (64) 39 1964 General Election - manifesto (fifth draft), 27 July 1964
  • SC (64) 40 Policy Statement - Scotland, 22 July 1964
  • SC (64) 41 Policy Statement - Wales, 23 July 1964
  • SC (64) 42 Minutes of 10th meeting, 29 July 1964
1964
SC 4 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • SC (64) 43 1964 General Election - manifesto (sixth draft), 2 Sept. 1964
  • SC (64) 44 1964 General Election - manifesto (sixth draft) - outstanding points, 3 Sept. 1964
  • SC (64) 45 Policy Statement - Scotland, 3 Sept. 1964
  • SC (64) 46 Policy Statement - Wales, 3 Sept. 1964
  • SC (64) 47 Minutes of 11th meeting, 4 Sept. 1964
  • SC (64) 48 1964 General Election - manifesto (seventh draft), 8 Sept. 1964
  • SC (64) 49 1964 General Election - manifesto (amendments to seventh draft), 8 Sept. 1964
  • SC (64) 50 Minutes of 12th meeting, 8 Sept. 1964
1964




Steering Committee, 1965-1966

SC 18 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • LCC/S (65) 1 Minutes of 1st meeting, 14/09/1965

1965
[SC 19] [Vacant] [1966]




Steering Committee, 1968-1970

[Meetings of the Steering Committee did not resume again after the 1966 General Election until February 1968]

SC 5 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • SC (68) 1 Policy Document - Working Paper, 9 Feb. 1968
  • SC (68) 2 Minutes of 1st meeting, 15 Feb. 1968
  • SC (68) 3 Major Policy Decisions Required, 13 Mar. 1968
  • SC (68) 4 Minutes of 2nd meeting, 18 Mar. 1968
  • SC (68) 5 Minutes of 3rd meeting, 3 Apr. 1968
  • SC (68) 6 Policy Document 1968 - rough first draft, 11 Apr. 1968
1968
SC 6 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • SC (68) 7 Minutes of 4th meeting, 30 Apr. 1968
  • SC (68) 9 Policy Document 1968 (second draft), 29 May 1968
  • SC (68) 10 Minutes of 5th meeting, 11 June 1968
  • SC (68) 11 Policy Document 1968 (third draft), 12 July 1968
  • SC (68) 12 Minutes of 6th meeting, 17 July 1968
  • Tax Policy and Public Spending, 29 Apr. 1968
  • Economic Policy Summary, 29 Apr. 1968
  • SC (69) 1 Themes for an Autumn 1969 Election, 16 Oct. 1969
  • SC (69) 2 Minutes of 1st meeting, 21 Oct. 1969
  • SC (69) 3 Draft manifesto, Spring 1970, 8 Dec. 1969
  • SC (69) 4 Summary of possible Wilson TV broadcast Feb./Mar. 1970 by Tony Newton, 2 Dec. 1969
  • SC (69) 5 Publication of Policy during 1970, 8 Dec. 1969
  • SC (69) 6 Minutes of 2nd meeting, 12 Dec. 1969
1968-9
SC 7 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • SC (70) 1 Draft for Spring manifesto, 21 Jan. 1970
  • SC (70) 7 Manifesto (third draft), 6 Mar. 1970
  • SC (70) 8 Paying for the National Insurance Scheme by Paul Dean, 25 Feb. 1970
  • SC (70) 9 Pledges to Pensioners by Paul Dean, 25 Feb. 1970
  • SC (70) 10 Minutes of 3rd meeting, 12 Mar. 1970
  • SC (70) 11 Minutes of 4th meeting, 13 Apr. 1970
  • SC (70) 12 Manifesto (fourth draft), Apr. 1970
1970
SC 8 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • SC (70) 13 Political Tactics on the Prices Issue by CRD, 5 May 1970
  • Framework for Action - paper on improving the quality of life by Bellairs, 4 May 1970
  • Note on likely lines of Labour's attack
  • Patrick Cosgrove's notes on social services, 30 April 1970
  • B. Sewill's paper on the General Election Campaign, 6 May 1970
  • James Douglas' memo on future publications on policy, 7 May 1970
  • SC (70) 14 The 1970 General Election Campaign by Michael Fraser, 11 May 1970
  • SC (70) 15 Minutes on 5th meeting, 11 May 1970
  • SC (70) 16 Manifesto (fifth draft), 12 May 1970
  • SC (70) 17 Manifesto (sixth draft), 14 May 1970
  • SC (70) 18 The Law of Trespass and Public Order by Sir Peter Rawlinson, 15 May 1970
  • SC (70) 19 Minutes on 6th meeting, 13 May 1970
1970




Steering Committee, 1970-4

SC 9 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • SC (70) 20 Revisions to Manifesto, 18 May 1970
  • SC (70) 21 Final Decision on Common Market, 18 May 1970
  • SC (70) 22 Minutes on 7th meeting, 18 May 1970
  • SC (70) 23 Minutes on 8th meeting, 19 May 1970
  • SC (71) 3 Current Political Situation and Outlook, 7 May 1971
  • SC (71) 4 Minutes of 1st meeting, 16 June 1971
  • SC (71) 5 Public Opinion, 3 Sept. 1971
  • SC (71) 6 New Voters, 13 Sept. 1971
  • SC (71) 7 The Next Manifesto - Machinery, 14 Sept. 1971
  • Letters and papers about Election Manifesto
1970-1
SC 10 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • SC (71) 8 Minutes of 2nd meeting, 20 Sept. 1971
  • SC (71) 9 Survey on the Politics of Young People, 1 Dec. 1971
  • SC (71) 10 Minutes of 3rd meeting, 8 Dec. 1971
  • SC (72) 11 The Next Manifesto - Policy, 20 Mar. 1972
  • SC (72) 13 Minutes of 4th meeting, 24 Apr. 1972
  • SC (72) 14 Proposed Party Conference pamphlet - paper by Tony Newton, 22 June 1972
  • SC (72) 15 Minutes of 5th meeting, 26 June 1972
  • SC (72) 16 Note on Appointment of 'Housing Supremo', July 1972
  • SC (73) 17 Strategy/Political Situation in 1973, 14 Feb. 1973
  • SC (73) 18 Future Policy, 15 Feb. 1973
  • SC (73) 19 Minutes of 6th meeting, 28 Feb. 1973
  • SC (73) 20 Party Conference Debates, 17 July 1973
1971-3
SC 11 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • SC (73) 21 Manifesto themes, 18 July 1973
  • SC (73) 22 Minutes of 7th meeting, 25 July 1973
  • SC (73) 23 'An Appeal to the Nation' - a contingency draft for an early General Election, 1973
  • SC (73) 24 Preliminary draft for a normal manifesto, 17 Dec. 1973
  • SC (73) 25 Minutes of 8th meeting, 20 Dec. 1973
  • SC (73) 26 Contingency draft for an early General Election, 7 Jan. 1974
1973
SC 12 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • SC (74) 2 Minutes of 2nd meeting, 25 March 1974
  • SC (74) 3 Correspondence on Members' Interests, 1974
  • SC (74) 4 Possible Supply Day Subjects by CRD
  • SC (74) 4 Minutes of 3rd meeting,1 Apr. 1974
  • SC (74) 8 Minutes of 7th meeting, 1 July 1974
  • SC (74) 9 Minutes of 8th meeting, 2 July 1974
  • SC (74) 10 Minutes of 9th meeting, 4 July 1974
  • SC (74) 11 Minutes of 10th meeting, 8 July 1974
  • SC (74) 12 Minutes of 11th meeting, 9 July 1974
  • SC (74) 13 Minutes of 12th meeting, 11 July 1974
  • SC (74) 14 Minutes of 13th meeting, 15 July 1974
  • SC (74) 15 Minutes of 14th meeting, 19 July 1974
  • SC (74) 16 Minutes of 15th meeting, 25 July 1974
  • SC (74) 17 Problems of Public Decision on Britain's EEC Membership by CRD, 18 Nov. 1974
  • SC (74) 18 Minutes of 16th meeting, 29 July 1974
  • SC (74) 19 Minutes of 17th meeting, 2 Dec. 1974
  • SC (74) 20 Prospects for Economic Policy by Keith Joseph, 5 Dec. 1974
  • SC (74) 21 Direct Elections to the European Parliament - report by S. Patijn, Oct. 1974
  • SC (74) 22 Minutes of 18th meeting, 9 Dec. 1974
  • SC (74) 27 'Appeal to the Nation' (third draft), 14 Jan. 1974
1974




Steering Committee, 1974-9

SC 13 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • SC (74) 29 'The Way Ahead' (second draft), 18 Jan. 1974
  • SC (74) 30 'The Way Ahead' (third draft), 5 Feb. 1974
  • SC (74) 31 Contingency draft for an early General Election (sixth draft), part 1, 6 Feb. 1974
1974
SC 14 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • SC (75) 23 Minutes of 19th meeting, 13 Jan. 1975
  • SC (75) 24 Minutes of 20th meeting, Jan. 1975
  • SC (75) 25 Study Group on Devolution, 24 Jan. 1975
  • SC (75) 26 Business Rents by Mr. Channon, 24 Jan. 1975
  • SC (75) 27 Minutes of the 21st meeting, 27 Jan. 1975
  • SC (75) 28 Conspiracy, 16 Jan. 1975
  • SC (75) 28 Minutes of 22nd meeting, 3 Feb. 1975
  • SC (75) 29 Referendum arrangements - Some Headings for Discussion, 10 Feb. 1975
  • SC (75) 30 Steering Committee minutes of 23rd meeting, 10 Feb. 1975
  • SC (75) 31 Summary of main points discussed at the 24th meeting, 24 Apr. 1975
  • SC (75) 32 Minutes of 32nd meeting, 30 Apr. 1975
  • SC (75) 33 Electoral Reform by CRD, 8 May 1975
  • SC (75) 33 Minutes of 26th meeting, 12 May 1975
  • SC (75) 34 The Present Crisis - some scenarios and questions by CRD, 13 May 1975
  • SC (75) 34 Minutes of 27th meeting, 13 May 1975
  • SC (75) 35 Some Thoughts on Inflation, Wages and Money by Mr. Maudling, 19 May 1975
  • SC (75) 35 Minutes of 28th meeting, 19 May 1975
  • SC (75) 36 The Conservative Party and Inflation by CRD, 30 June 1975
  • SC (75) 36 Minutes of 29th meeting, 19 May 1975
  • SC (75) 37 Minutes of 30th meeting, 16 June 1975
  • SC (75) 37 Note on ORC Report on Electoral Reform by C. Patten, 1 Aug. 1975
  • SC (75) 38 Minutes of 31st meeting, 30 June 1975
  • SC (75) 38 Racial Discrimination by Mr. Gilmour, 30 Oct. 1975
  • SC (75) 39 Minutes of 32nd meeting, 7 July 1975
  • SC (75) 40 Minutes of 33rd meeting, 14 July 1975
  • SC (75) 41 Minutes of 34th meeting, 27 Oct. 1975
  • SC (75) 42 Minutes of 35th meeting, 3 Nov. 1975
  • SC (76) 39 1st report by the Conservative Party Policy Group incorporating preliminary guidelines on the subject of direct elections to the European Parliament, 21 Jan. 1976
  • SC (76) 40 Policy Group Report on Public Service Pay and Pensions, 19 Feb. 1976
  • SC (76) 43 Minutes of 36th meeting, 26 Jan. 1976
  • SC (76) 45 Minutes of 38th meeting, 23 Feb. 1976
  • SC (76) 45a Direct Elections to the European Parliament by Mr. Hurd, 1 Mar. 1976
  • SC (76) 45b Direct Elections to the European Parliament - background note by CRD, 26 Feb. 1976
  • SC (76) 46 New York Dressed Poultry by Mr. Pym, 27 Feb. 1976
  • SC (76) 47 Hereditary Tenancies: Government Amendments to the Agriculture (Misc. Provisions) Bill by Mr. Pym, 27 Feb. 1976
  • SC (76) 48 Note on Weights and Measures Bill by Sally Oppenheim, 4 Mar. 1976
  • SC (76) 49 Minutes of 39th meeting, 1 Mar. 1976
  • SC (76) 50 Minutes of 40th meeting, 8 Mar. 1976
  • SC (76) 51 Devolution - a paper of options open to the Conservative Party by William Whitelaw, 26 Mar. 1976
  • SC (76) 52 Minutes of 41st meeting, 29 Mar. 1976
  • SC (76) 53 Dual Registration by CRD, 3 May 1976
  • SC (76) 53 Minutes of 42nd meeting, 3 May 1976
  • SC (76) 54 The Next Stage of Policy Work by Sir Keith Joseph and Mr. Maude, 21 Oct. 1976
  • SC (76) 55 Minutes of the 43rd meeting, 25 Oct. 1976
  • SC (76) 56 Politicising the Party, 7 Dec. 1976
  • SC (76) 56 Industrial Democracy, 21 Jan. 1977
  • SC (76) 57 Minutes of the 45th meeting, 13 Dec. 1976
1975-6
SC 15 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • SC (76) 58 The Property Owning Democracy 1977 - proposals for wider ownership and for wider personal participation in the creation of wealth, 10 Feb. 1977
  • SC (77) 58 Minutes of 46th meeting, 24 Jan. 1976
  • Minutes of 47th meeting, 14 Feb. 1976
  • Minutes of 48th meeting, 28 Feb. 1976
  • SC (77) 59 Our Attitude towards Pay Policy by Geoffrey Howe, 4 Mar. 1977
  • Minutes of 49th meeting, 7 Mar. 1977
  • SC (77) 60 Local Government Finance, 7 July 1977
  • Minutes of 50th meeting, 11 July 1977
  • Minutes of 51st meeting, 30 Jan. 1978
  • SC (78) 61 'Stepping Stones' Steering Group report, Jan. 1978
1977-8
SC 16 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • SC (78) 62 Implementing our Strategy by C. Patten, 21 Dec. 1977
  • SC (78) 63 The Future of the House of Lords - report of the Conservative Review Committee, Jan. 1978
  • SC (78) 64 The Control of Immigration by William Whitelaw, 10 Feb. 1978
  • SC (78) 65 Further Thoughts on Strategy by CRD, 16 Feb. 1978
  • Minutes of 54th meeting, 27 Feb. 1978
  • SC (78) 66 Education and the Arts by St. John Stevas, 8 Mar. 1978
  • SC (78) 67 Education and the Arts by St. John Stevas, 22 Mar. 1978
  • Minutes of 55th meeting, 13 Mar. 1978
  • SC (78) 68 Public Expenditure on Education by Mr. Lawson, 1978
  • SC (78) 69 Paper on Rhodesia and South Africa, 1978
  • SC (78) 70 Rates by Michael Heseltine, 21 June 1978
  • Minutes of 56th meeting, 3 Apr. 1978
  • Minutes of 57th meeting, 12 June 1978
  • SC (78) 71 Policy for Nationalised Industries by Mr. Ridley, 26 June 1978
  • SC (78) 72 Regional Policy by Kenneth Clarke, 29 June 1978
  • SC (78) 73 The Sale of Council Houses by Michael Heseltine, 28 June 1978
  • Minutes of 58th meeting, 26 June 1978
  • Minutes of 59th meeting, 3 July 1978
  • Minutes of 60th meeting, 4 Dec. 1978
  • SC (78) 74 Dispersal of Civil Servants: A Position Paper, 29 Nov. 1978
  • Minutes of 61st meeting, 15 Jan. 1978
  • Minutes of 62nd meeting, 22 Jan. 1979
1978-9
SC 17 Steering Committee

Comprises:

  • SC (79) 75 Competition Policy - introductory paper by Mrs. Oppenheim, 2 Jan. 1979
  • Minutes of 63rd meeting, 5 Feb. 1979
  • Minutes of 64th meeting, 5 Mar. 1979
  • SC (79) 76 Public Sector Pay by CRD, 2 Apr. 1979
1979



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