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Speeches: House of Commons and Non-House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 06 Nov 1951 - 22 Dec 1951

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 5/45A-C

Scope and Contents

Speech notes and extract from Hansard for WSC's speech (6 November, House of Commons) for the debate on the address, on subjects including: the political divisions in the country; the charge of war-mongering laid against the Conservatives, and the need for steady government; the restoration of university representation in Parliament; the repeal of the Iron and Steel Nationalization Act; future parliamentary business, including the defence debate; keeping the Minister of Education out of the Cabinet, and Welsh representation in Government; the economic situation; the coal supply and meat ration; repairing the loss of oil supplies from Persia [Iran]; maintaining the British position in the Canal Zone [Egypt]; bridging the gap between East and West. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8289 - 97.Speech notes for WSC's speech (9 November, Lord Mayor's Banquet, Guildhall [London]) entitled "The Path of Duty" on political transience, the importance of studying the past, the cause of peace and progress, the 2 sides of the Cold War, the part played by the United States in the foundation of peace, and the hope of a revival of British influence and economic independence. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8297 - 9.Speech notes for WSC's speech (15 November, House of Commons) entitled "Retirement of Mr Speaker [Douglas] Clifton Brown" [later 1st Lord Ruffside], on Parliament through the war and Clifton Brown's part in strengthening the links between the Commonwealth parliaments, and presiding over the last Parliament. Also includes a copy of Hansard for 14 November. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8300 - 1.Speech notes for WSC's speech (19 November, Guildhall [London]) entitled "Welcoming Princess Elizabeth [later Queen Elizabeth II] and the Duke of Edinburgh [Prince Philip, earlier Philip Mountbatten] Home from Canada", on King George VI's health, Canada as part of the English-speaking world and the value of royal visits and the monarchy in the Commonwealth and Empire. Also includes a note from R McHale [WSC's secretary]. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8301 - 2.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (6 December, House of Commons) entitled "Defence" on subjects including: the defence policy of the previous Government, including compulsory National Service and rearmament; the importance of deterrents against aggression; the lessening danger of a Third World War; the demands on the army, and the need for economy and efficiency, for example in troop movements; Navy estimates; the slow progress in developing the RAF; support for the European Army, its role within NATO, its composition and Britain's part in it; the United States's air base in East Anglia; defences against paratroop attack, including the Home Guard and the call-up of reservists into the Territorial Army; rearmament spending; the shrinkage of the rifle pool, and development of a new rifle; command of the Atlantic, particularly the Western Approaches; the atomic programme; the situation in Malaya [later Malaysia], including its cost; protection of the Canal Zone [Egypt]. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8302 - 14.Speech notes giving subject headings for WSC's speech (14 December, Bristol University) for the conferment of honorary degrees, on the duty to Commonwealth and Empire, the English- speaking world and a United Europe, peace and the defence of freedom.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's broadcast (22 December, London) entitled "Party Political Broadcast" on subjects including: the need for severe economic measures; the results of the prolonged electioneering period; common ground between the Conservatives and Labour; warning of the slow recovery process; food shortages; Britain's low financial reserves; preserving peace and defence; keeping up relations with France and the United States. Also includes a note from David Pitblado [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] on the time allowed for the broadcast. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8314 - 8.


  • 06 Nov 1951 - 22 Dec 1951

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