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Speeches: House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 20 Feb 1945 - 15 May 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/206A-B

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Speech notes and Hansard notes for WSC's speech (27 February) on the Yalta [Soviet Union] conference including: the importance of the House of Commons backing the government; agreements reached on shipping and military operations; the decision to exclude France from the meeting; the United Nations; discussion of the boundaries of Poland and his support for the Soviet Union's claim to the Curzon line; and his visits with Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] Foreign Secretary, to Egypt and Greece. Also includes correspondence and source material from: Eden (5); Sir Edward Bridges [Cabinet Secretary]; Harold Laski; 1st Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States]; Pierson Dixon [Principal Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary] (5); Sir Owen O'Malley, British Ambassador to Poland; Sir Kinahan Cornwallis, British Ambassador to Iraq; Colin Thornley [Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State for the Colonies]; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to Minister of Defence, WSC]; Clement Attlee, Deputy Prime Minister (2); James Stuart, Government Chief Whip (3); and Charles Harris [Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury]; notes and copies of correspondence from John Colville [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC], Leslie Rowan [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] and Colonel Harvie Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC]; and notes on the press reaction to the speech in Portugal and Germany. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7107-24.Hansard extract of WSC's response (14 March) to comments made by Richard Stokes, Labour MP for Ipswich [Suffolk] relating to speakers on political matters being permitted to address the troops.Speech notes for WSC's speech (28 March) on the death of David Lloyd George, paying tribute to his career, the social reforms he accomplished and his role during World War I. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7136-8.Speech notes and Hansard extract for WSC's statement (28 March) announcing that Commander Rupert Brabner, Joint Under Secretary of State for Air, was reported missing with other Air Ministry officials and public servants. Includes a letter from Gerald Whittuck [Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Air] and notes from Leslie Rowan.Speech notes and Hansard extract of WSC's speech (17 April) on the death of President Roosevelt in which he discusses their friendship, Roosevelt's physical frailty and the role of the United States in the war. Also includes a letter from Alan Hodge, notes from Leslie Rowan, and a summary of press reaction in the United States to the speech. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7138-41.Speech notes and Hansard extract of WSC's motion for address to King George VI (15 May) entitled "The King and Queen in the war" on the strength of the monarchy. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7163-5.


  • Creation: 20 Feb 1945 - 15 May 1945

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