Suggestion that Chairman of Massey-Ferguson be given confidential briefing on subversive organisations

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Public Records of 1973

Document reference: PREM 15/1647

Suggestion that Chairman of Massey-Ferguson be given confidential briefing on subversive organisations

In 1973, Douglas Hurd, who later became Foreign Secretary in Margaret Thatcher's government, was Political Secretary to the Prime Minister, Edward Heath.

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He reports here that over lunch with Tim Powell, Chairman of Massey-Ferguson (UK) he was asked for a list of organisations that Massey-Ferguson should watch out for when recruiting staff.

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Mr Hurd is unimpressed with the reply he receives from Sir John Hunt at the Cabinet Office.

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Sir John reconsiders his position and a meeting is arranged, but we are not told the outcome.