Catalogue description Cabinet Office: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Registered Files (Y Series)

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Reference: CAB 170
Title: Cabinet Office: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Registered Files (Y Series)

This series contains registered files of the office of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for the period that Geoffrey Rippon as Chancellor supervised the European Economic Community negotiations, and piloted the accessions legislation through Parliament.

Date: 1970-1975

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For further records relating to Britain's application to join the EEC see FCO 30

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: Y file series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Cabinet Office, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 1970-

Physical description: 134 file(s)
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

Cabinet Office , in 1999

Accruals: No future accruals expected
Administrative / biographical background:

The Conservative Administration of Edward Heath which came to power in June 1970 was committed to press an application to join the European Economic Community. On 28 July 1970 Geoffrey Rippon was appointed as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and minister in charge of negotiations with the Community. The negotiations were conducted by a small inter-departmental team of officials chaired by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Chancellor reported to the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary.

After agreement on entry terms had been reached the Chancellor of the Duchy's office moved in September 1971 from the FCO to the Cabinet Office, to pilot the accession legislation through Parliament.

Following the agreement on entry terms the UK was routinely consulted on all Community business and the European Unit was constituted in the Cabinet Office to co-ordinate the UK government response; and in the latter half of 1972 the European Secretariat was established, to discharge the normal Cabinet Office inter-departmental co-ordination functions arising out of full Community membership effective from 1 January 1973.

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