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Speech notes for WSC's speech (22 January) entitled "A dark and deadly valley" on the structure of government during wartime, the roles of the Minister of Defence and the Minister for Reconstruction, the needs of the army and military production. Source material includes correspondence from: Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet] (5), Charles Hendriks, Clement Attlee [Lord Privy Seal], William Beveridge, Ernest Bevin [Minister of Labour and National Service] and notes from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] and John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] on subjects including war work and economic policy. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6331-8.Speech notes for WSC's speech (27 February) on the House of Commons Disqualification (Temporary Provisions) Bill and the case of Malcolm MacDonald [Minister of Health]. Source material includes a list of members of the Houses of Parliament serving in the forces, notes from Eric Seal, and correspondence from Sir Granville Ram, Sir Donald Somervell, Attorney General, Sir Eric Machtig [Under Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations] and Malcolm MacDonald. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6350-60.Speech notes for WSC's speech (9 April) on the war situation including events and operations in Libya, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, North East Africa, Greece and Vichy France and on the Battle of the Atlantic and losses of merchant shipping to U Boats. Source material includes copies of correspondence from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] and Eric Seal. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6369-76.Speech by WSC (22 April) on the bombardment of Tripoli [Libya].For further material for the above speeches see CHAR 9/146.