Scope and Contents
Speech notes and Hansard report of WSC's speech (10 February 1947, House of Commons) on the coal crisis including: criticism of the policies of Emanuel Shinwell, Minister of Fuel and Power; the need to plan for winter and the inefficiencies of cutting the coal supply. Source material includes: notes from "N S" ["Jo" Sturdee, later Lady Onslow, Secretary to WSC]; notes on the increased numbers of civil servants; press cuttings on subjects including the challenge by Gwilym Lloyd George [later 1st Lord Tenby, former Minister of Fuel and Power] to Shinwell; notes from "C" [1st Lord Cherwell, earlier Frederick Lindemann] on the coal and electricity crisis; and a copy of Hansard on subjects including appellate jurisdiction,the registration of births and deaths and industrial fuel supplies. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7426-33.Speech notes and Hansard report of WSC's speech (6 March 1947, House of Commons) on India including: criticism of the Labour government's policy; Sir Stafford Cripps' offer of Dominion status for India; the dismissal of 1st Lord Wavell as Viceroy of India; and the resignation of Benjamin Smith as Minister of Food. Source material includes notes on a white paper on India and a statement by Leo Amery. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7438-48.Speech notes and Hansard report of WSC's speech (12 March 1947, House of Commons) on the motion of censure on the government's white paper on economic policy including: criticism of the Labour government's policy; party politics and the dividing of the nation; taxation; shortages of bread and coal; the failure of government regulation and rationing; the need for housing and reconstruction; Palestine; the position of Poles in the United Kingdom; the reduction of the sterling balances of Australia and New Zealand. Source material includes: extracts from speeches by Arthur Horner and Emanuel Shinwell; copies of editions of Hansard; letters from Reginald Maudling of the Conservative Party Secretariat, 1st Lord Cherwell, and Geoffrey Crowther [Editor of the Economist]; newspaper cuttings; notes from Elizabeth Gilliatt [Secretary to WSC]; an economic survey for 1947; and notes from the Central Council of the Scottish Unionist Association. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7448-62.Brief notes for WSC's speech (14 March 1947, Central Hall, Westminster, London) to the Executive Council of Conservative and Unionist Associations on Conservative Party policy including the phrase "Never despair, never give in." Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7462-3.Speech notes for WSC's speech (31 March 1947, House of Commons) on the second reading of the National Service Bill including: his support for the bill; party politics; conscription and demobilisation. Source material includes: notes from Elizabeth Gilliatt, notes on subjects including army estimates, defence and manpower; an extract from a speech by Oliver Stanley; and a statement by the Minister of Defence [A V Alexander, later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough]. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7463-70.