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Speech notes, typescript and galley proofs for WSC's speech (5 March, House of Commons) entitled "Defence" on subjects including: WSC's resignation as Minister of Defence; the Conservatives' voting on defence while in Opposition; the short-fall of defence spending; aid from the United States; the scarcity of home defence, and the training of new forces, including the registration of the Home Guard and forming of new battalions; the extension of National Service; armoured forces and new tanks; foreign service recruitment; Navy estimates, including anti-mine and submarine measures and new aircraft carriers; the shortage of modern aircraft; air support from Canada and Australia; the lessening chances of war; the bad planning of the previous Government. Also includes notes for WSC's speech on foreign affairs [26 February 1952, see CHUR 5/46]. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8355 - 65.Speech notes for WSC's speech (22 April, House of Commons) entitled "Sir Stafford Cripps" in tribute to Cripps on his death, on subjects including his time in the War Cabinet and as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8365 - 6.Speech notes for WSC's speech (25 April, Annual Grand Habitation of the Primrose League, Albert Hall [London]) on the task of recovering Britain's economic strength and position in the world, the divided Opposition putting Party before the nation, and the work done by Conservative MPs, and particularly the Home Secretary [Sir David Maxwell Fyfe, later 1st Lord Kilmuir]. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8366 - 8.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's broadcast (3 May, London) entitled "The Conservatives' First Six Months" on subjects including: the support given by the Conservative Party in Opposition to the Labour Government's foreign policy and rearmament programme; Labour's failure to pursue unpopular but necessary economic measures and attempt to make party capital out of the present economic difficulties; measures for cutting spending; improvements in the economy, and work still to do; the results of continued party strife; tax relief and benefits; reversing the nationalization of steel and road transport; advances in the housing programme; the improving prospects of peace; the triple aims of strengthening the Commonwealth and Empire, keeping up relations in the English-speaking world, and improving the unity of Europe. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8368 - 72.Speech notes, typescript and extract from Hansard for WSC's speech (21 May, House of Commons) entitled "Transport (Government Policy)" on the Cabinet's intervention on transport charges, the reversal of the nationalization of road haulage, the Labour Government's integrated transport system, the inefficiency of nationalizing part of road transport, but the benefits for rail, road taxation and Labour's threat to re-nationalize road haulage without proper compensation. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8374 - 82.Speech notes for WSC's speech (23 May, Annual Dinner of Inspectors of Taxes, Great Eastern Hotel [London]) on subjects including WSC's time as Chancellor of the Exchequer, and simplifying taxation.Speech notes, typescript and transcript for WSC's speech (11 June, Press Association Annual Luncheon, Savoy Hotel [London]) entitled '"The Treacherous Trap-Door"' on the role of the Press Association and its responsibility for keeping the public informed, Britain's unstable future, dependant on the economy, the need for severe economic measures to recover solvency, and the importance of stopping internal party quarrels. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8385 - 6.Speech notes for WSC's speech (25 June, 1922 Committee Luncheon, Savoy Hotel, also used for WSC's speech, 17 July, Luncheon of Independent Unionist Peers) on the difficult political, economic and foreign policy situation, getting the Government's position across to the electorate, WSC's reliance on the Cabinet system, and future Parliamentary business.Speech notes for WSC's speech (26 June, House of Commons) entitled "Field Marshal Smuts" on the memorial for Jan Smuts, the principle of building monuments to Parliamentary figures, Smuts's achievements in South Africa, his support for WSC during the war, and for the Empire and Commonwealth.