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Newly released files from 1974 include documents on Northern Ireland, Watergate and Giant Pandas at London Zoo

January 2005

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Recent releases at The National Archives

About 20,000 government records from 1974 were released on 1 January

Digital images of documents available on Discovery

In accordance with the standards of e-government, The National Archives is making images of some 1974 records available on this website free of charge for a limited period only for anyone to view.

Cabinet minutes (CAB 128) and Cabinet memoranda (CAB 129) released on 1 January are available via Discovery

The following stories from 1974 contain images of original documents:

Northern Ireland in 1974, direct rule ended and power sharing was tried for the very first time. See the documents

Lord Goronwy-Roberts, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has been asked by the Foreign Secretary, James Callaghan, to have a word with Lord (Solly) Zuckerman, Secretary of London Zoo, about the expenses they will be incurring in accepting a gift of two Giant Panda bears from the Chinese government. Tony Crosland (mentioned in Goronwy-Roberts' memo to Callaghan) was Secretary of State for the Environment.

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In April 1974, US President Nixon, who faced possible impeachment, hinted via officials that he was interested in paying a surprise visit to London.

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You can also see a list of selected documents, arranged by subject, from the Cabinet Office, the Prime Minister's Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Northern Ireland Office. more

Indexes to all newly released documents are available on the Catalogue

British Cabinet Ministers 1974

General election results

News in 1974

British Economics and Trade Union politics