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Speeches: House of Commons and Non-House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 07 Feb 1951 - 21 Mar 1951

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 5/40A-C

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Speech notes, typescript and extract from Hansard for WSC's speech (7 February, House of Commons) entitled "Iron and Steel Industry" on subjects including: the disruptive timing of the Iron and Steel Nationalization Act during a time of national crisis; the Government's mandate for nationalization; the splitting up of the industry; the industry's achievements and efficiency, particularly in its use of coal; the experience of wartime iron and steel control; the disruptive effects of nationalization on rearmament; the use of nationalization to placate the Labour Party; compensation for nationalized companies; Socialist millionaires, including Steven Hardie, Chairman of the Iron and Steel Corporation; the Conservative Party's pledge to repeal the act. Source material includes a note on the Conservative policy of postponing the act rather than introducing short-term amending legislation. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8147 - 56.Speech notes, typescript and extract from Hansard for WSC's speech (15 February, House of Commons) entitled "Defence (Government Policy)" on subjects including: recent Government defence policy changes; the disruptive effect of the Iron and Steel Nationalization Act on rearmament; general mismanagement of defence, including demobilization, the dispersion and destruction of weapons, the extension of National Service and the wastage of defence funds; the British inability to produce atom bombs; Government opposition to the rearmament of West Germany [later part of Germany] and a European Army; the risk of losing the support of the United States for a European Army and the threat of a take-over of Europe by the Soviet Union; the rushed and inefficient construction and conversion of anti-submarine craft; call-up arrangements; improvement in the prospects for peace since the rearmament of the United States; the Government's lack of a guiding defence policy. Source material includes press cuttings from the Manchester Guardian on the call-up and a message from Patrick Buchan-Hepburn [later 1st Lord Hailes, Conservative Chief Whip] on Conservative Party resistance to WSC's motion against the Government. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8157 - 69.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's party political broadcast (17 March, London) entitled "Conservative Case for an Election", in tribute to Ernest Bevin on his retirement as Foreign Secretary, on the divisions in the country caused by the Government's partisan politics, especially over the Iron and Steel Nationalization Act, the harm done by the prolonged electioneering period, how the question of rearmament was concealed from the electorate at the election, the need for a new broad-based Government, the future effects of devaluation, the ultimate goal of freedom and peace and Britain's duty to play a part in preventing either Communist tyranny or a Third World War. Source material includes a note from George Christ [Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Conservative Party], correcting some of WSC's references. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8169 - 73.Speech notes for WSC's speech (21 March, House of Commons) entitled "Complaint of Privilege" (on the complaint brought by [Samuel] Sydney Silverman in the case of John Rodgers, MP for Sevenoaks [Kent] and the Reverend Fielding Clarke), on subjects including the Church of England's inability to discipline ministers, the question of parliamentary privilege, the problems in extending it to MPs' ordinary correspondence, and the harm done by pro-Communist propaganda as expressed by Clarke. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8173 - 8.


  • 07 Feb 1951 - 21 Mar 1951

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