Letter to Sir Robin Butler KCB CVO, Secretary
to the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service from Rt Hon
Dr David Owen MP
I enclose chapters on Navy Minister, Health
Minister and my time in the Foreign Office apart from the chapters
that you already have. I would be amazed if there is anything
here which causes any problems but you asked for it and so you
have got it!
I am afraid my publishers do want to be able
to send it all off to the printers by the end of next week. But
there will not be a repeat of the Sunday Times affair.
They will not get a set of these chapters until you have commented
and I have decided whether or not to go along with your suggestions.
They will not therefore have the opportunity to compare two different
versions. That is a marketing device I leave to people who have
only just left the Civil Service.
23 May 1991