Fonds GB 0210 TOMSON - Tom Hooson (MP) Papers,

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Tom Hooson (MP) Papers,


  • 1979-1985 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.261 cubic metres (29 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Tom Ellis Hooson was Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnor from 1979 until his death in 1985. He was educated at Rhyl Grammar School, University College, Oxford and Gray's Inn. His early interests in politics started when he was a member of the Conservative Bow Group. In 1957, he founded the Welsh Farm News and contested the safe Labour seat of Caernarvonshire in the 1959 General Election. He was Chairman of the Bow Group and Bow Publications, 1960-1961, before joining the advertising agencies in London. He was senior Vice-President of Benton and Bowles Group Inc., 1961-1976, with responsibilities for European Operations, 1971-1976. He joined the Conservative Central Office as Director of Communications, 1976-1978, and Director-General of the Periodical Publishers Association, from 1978 until his death. It was Margaret Thatcher who suggested he should fight Brecon and Radnor. In 1979, he won a four-cornered fight with a majority of 3027 votes in a constituency which had been represented since 1935 by Labour Party MPs. He held on to the seat in the 1983 General Election with a strong majority, and continued to represent the constituency until his death. He was the first cousin of former Welsh Liberal leader and MP of Montgomery, Lord Hooson. He avidly opposed all forms of income tax and once proposed the creation of a state lottery to fund public spending. In 1980, he introduced a failed Private Members' Bill to allow tenant farmers to shoot rabbits at night. The Bill was later included in the Countryside Act. He was born on 16 March 1933 and died, aged 52, on 8 May 1985.

Archival history

The papers were formerly kept at Mr Hooson's office in the House of Commons.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Mr Brian Hooson, Liverpool in May 1988.

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Scope and content

Over four thousand files of constituency correspondence, 1979-1985, from individual correspondents or organizations; and subject files relating to the House of Commons 1979-1985, housing, 1980-1985; transport (including the Central Wales Line), 1982-1984; Squatters, 1983; Rate Support Grant, 1983-1984; Warnock Report on education, 1985; and miscellaneous correspondence and papers, 1980-1985.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following groups: constituency correspondence; subject files.

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Conditions governing access

Restricted access. Papers less than 20 years old may not be consulted without the written permission of the donor. Constituency files of a personal nature are closed for 50 years after the last date in each file: exemption s40, Freedom of Information Act 2000. Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright regulations apply

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Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in 'Minor Lists and Summaries 1988' at the National Library of Wales.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2003.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW Schedule of Minor Lists and Summaries (1988); NLW Obituaries Cumulated Index (1992-1997); Who was Who (London, 2001);

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