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Speeches: House of Commons and Non-House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 04 Jul 1950 - 11 Aug 1950

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 5/36A-C

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Cuttings from the Journal of the Royal United Service Institution on the presentation of the Chesney Gold Medal to WSC (4 July, Royal United Service Institution), including WSC's acceptance speech entitled "Military History", on former winners of the medal, the importance of the study of military history, the progress of military science and in tribute to the career of Admiral Sir Henry Moore, Chairman of the Royal United Service Institution Council. Also includes opening speech by Admiral Sir Henry Moore. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8028 - 31.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (4 July, Banquet of American Society, Dorchester Hotel [London]) entitled "The Anglo-American Alliance" on WSC's links with the United States, the close association between Britain, the United States and all English-speaking peoples, their common ideals, the career of Lewis Douglas, United States Ambassador to Britain, the deep political divisions in Britain, the continuing threat from the Soviet Union and its satellites, Communist expansion into Asia, especially Korea, hopes of a settlement with the Soviet Union once aggression has been defeated in Korea, the risks of a drifting policy and of a Third World War if the Communists are successful in Korea. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8031 - 4.Speech notes for WSC's speech (5 July, House of Commons) entitled "Korea" on debating the Korean crisis, the lack of information given to Parliament, Communist propaganda, British and Commonwealth support for the United States's intervention, Conservative support for the Government's position on the crisis, accusations of Conservative war-mongering, the protection of Western Europe by the nuclear deterrent, the increasing production of atom bombs by the Soviet Union, and the need for settlement with the Soviet Union before they build up an atomic stockpile, success against the Communists in Korea as a prelude to talks with the Soviet Union, risks of a drifting policy and of accepting defeat by the Communists. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8034 - 9.Rough speech note for WSC's speech (11 July, House of Commons) entitled "The Schuman Plan" [for the European Coal and Steel Community]. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8039 - 43.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (15 July, Plymouth Fair, Saltram Park, Plymouth [Devon]) entitled "National and International Politics" on subjects including: the next election and the political stalemate; the Government's over-spending and the increasing cost of living; uniting with the Liberals and "floating voters" against the Government, and common Conservative and Liberal aims on individual freedom and European unity; Government obstruction of international progress, including the Schuman Plan; the failure of nationalization; blocking the Government on issues including the continuance of compulsory labour conscription, petrol rationing and cutting the house- building programme; the general housing problem including slum clearance and the shortage of rural housing; supporting the Government's foreign policy; Korea and the risks of a Third World War; the Soviet Union's military power and aggression and the risks to Europe from their growing atomic stockpile; the lack of information given to Parliament on the atomic threat. Source material includes notes from George Christ [Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Conservative Party] for a draft of the speech on subjects including petrol rationing, the threat of future nationalization, the Government's hostility to European unity and the Schuman Plan, inflation and over-spending, the Government's mishandling of defence and the folly of party politics in times of national crisis. (See also WSC's speech, 19 May 1950, Edinburgh [Scotland], at CHUR 5/34). Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8043 - 51.Speech notes giving subject headings for WSC's speech (20 July, Bath [Somerset]) on receiving the freedom of the city, entitled "The United Nations and Peace Through Strength" on support for the United States [taking action in Korea], peace through strength and the city of Bath. Source material includes extracts from letters from Sir Orme Sargent and the Mayor of Bath, on mentioning Bath in the speech, and a note from Elizabeth Gilliatt [WSC's secretary] on WSC's maiden speech at Claverton, near Bath. Part published: Complete Speeches VIII p 8051.Speech notes and draft typescript for WSC's speech (21 July, United Europe Movement, Albert Hall [London]) entitled "European Unity and the Cold War" on subjects including: progress towards European unity since the Hague Congress [the Netherlands, 1948] and the forming of the Council of Europe; the inclusion of West Germany and ultimately the rest of Europe, including East Germany and Spain, in the Council; hostility to European unity from Communist parties; Communism's loss of ground in Europe, and its concentration on the Far East; the role of a united Europe in world peace; an appeal for practical support for the United Europe Movement. Also includes the order of speakers at the meeting. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8051 - 2.Speech notes and extract from Hansard for WSC's speech (26 July, House of Commons) entitled "Defence" on the Opposition's duty to support the Government in the public interest, Parliament not being kept informed on defence, and Government spending on defence. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8053 - 6.Speech notes, typescript and extract from Hansard for WSC's speech (27 July, House of Commons) entitled "Defence" on subjects including: the strength of the Soviet Union's forces, especially tanks; the European and United States's forces in Europe; enabling West Germany to protect itself; Soviet military progress, including in aircraft; American air bases in Britain using the atom bomb, and their defences; selling off British jet aircraft; the Soviet submarine fleet; British inability to produce atom bombs; the continuing hope of a peaceful settlement with the Soviet Union. Source material includes messages from 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier F A Lindemann] on the power and costs of atom bombs, and from Brendan Bracken on sending a token force to Korea before the United States was seen to ask for such a force. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 80 56 - 65.


  • 04 Jul 1950 - 11 Aug 1950

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