Baroness Norah Phillips: Tape Three

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 8NLS/14/3
  • Dates of Creation
      May-Jun 1992
  • Physical Description
      1 audio cassette

Scope and Content

Summer Schools in memory of Beatrice and Sidney Webb continued; accommodation used by Trade Unions and Labour Party. Former Director of Association for the Prevention of Shop-Lifting established by Marks and Spencer, WH Smith. Also member of Consumer Council. Working with Harry Shepherd, secretary of Oxford Street Retailers Association. Collapse of anti-crime bodies. Retired as Lord-Lieutenant aged 75. Discusses beginnings of 'consumer movement': formation of first Consumer Council by Labour Party. Opinions on Maastricht Treaty; her Euro-scepticism. Her opposition to Embryology Bill and Euthanasia Bill. Critical of Education Bills signalling demise of Arts education. Colleagues in Government: Clement Attlee, Sir Winston Churchill, Ernest Bevin, Richard Crossman, Anthony Crosland, Barbara Castle and Margaret Thatcher. Television broadcasting from House of Lords. Opinions on Gaitskill, Denis Healey and Tony Benn. Phillips's role as Whip. Talks about legislature and government procedure. Attitudes to money. Reflects on her good life; opinions on career women and birth control. End of interview.