Skip to main content

Speeches: House of Commons and Non-House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 10 Dec 1948 - 10 Oct 1953

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 5/51A-C

Scope and Contents

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (17 April 1953, Scottish Unionist Association Annual General Meeting, Green's Playhouse, Glasgow [Scotland]) entitled "The Government's Record" on subjects including: the latest Budget, including tax cuts and the encouragement of free enterprise; the strengthened Government position; relations with the Trade Unions; the drop in unemployment; support for the Welfare State; the housing situation; the Labour Government's financial mismanagement; charges of war- mongering against the Government, and new hopes for world peace. Source material includes draft notes by: Christopher Soames [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC] on support for the Government, the Welfare State and nationalization; Sir Norman Brook [later 1st Lord Normanbrook, Secretary to the Cabinet] and the Conservative Research Department on the issues of the last election, false Labour claims against the Government, the improved outlook for peace, foreign policy, the economic outlook and social progress; Harold Macmillan [later 1st Lord Stockton], Minister of Housing and Local Government, on the housing situation, including housing subsidies and rates; Patrick Blair [Political Secretary to the Chairman of the Scottish Unionist Party] on the Government's democratic aims, with a letter from James Stuart [Secretary of State for Scotland]; George Christ [Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Conservative Party] on the Transport and Steel Bills, the economy and false Labour forecasts, and notes for a cancelled broadcast by Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary] on the Conservative view of the future, private enterprise, housing and the dangers of isolationism; Conservative Research Department notes on relations between Britain and the United States; a copy of Hansard including a speech by WSC in a foreign affairs debate (December 1948); an issue of the Times. Also includes notes by Peter Oates [Private Secretary to WSC] and a congratulatory note from Duncan Sandys. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8465 - 70.Notes for WSC's speech and broadcast (23 April 1953, Honourable Artillery Company, St George's Day Dinner [London]) noted missing. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8471 - 3.Speech notes for WSC's speech (30 April 1953, Royal Academy Banquet [London]) entitled "Art" on the role of art in national life, the Royal Academy's purpose, its course between tradition and innovation and the common ground between art and politics. Also includes typescript for a speech by Sir Gerald Kelly [President of the Academy] on new plans for the Academy and modern trends in art. Part published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8474 - 5.Speech notes and copy of Hansard for WSC's speech (11 May 1953, House of Commons) entitled "Foreign Affairs" on subjects including: WSC taking over at the Foreign Office; aims to conclude a truce in Korea and the repatriation of prisoners-of-war; the situation in Indo-China [later Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam]; the evacuation of Abadan, Egypt, the new Egyptian ruling junta and negotiations on the reduction of British forces in the Canal Zone; the Soviet occupation of East Germany [later part of Germany]; relations with West Germany [later part of Germany]; the cause of a United Europe; the military position of France in her colonies; Britain's position in Europe, including in defence and including the phrase "we are with them but not of them"; relations between Yugoslavia [later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia], Greece and Turkey, and between Israel and the Arab States; changes of attitude towards the West in the Soviet Union after the death of Stalin; the status of Poland as a buffer for Europe; the need for a conference of major powers to seek a peace settlement. Also includes a letter from "Hinch" [Lord Hinchingbrooke, later 10th Lord Sandwich and Victor Montagu] on his former concerns about Conservative foreign policy and his appreciation of WSC's speech. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8475 - 85.Speech notes for WSC's speech (27 May 1953, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Luncheon, St Stephen's Hall, Westminster [London]) entitled '"The Crown and Parliament"' on the relationship between the monarchy and Parliament. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8485 - 6.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's broadcast (2 June 1953) entitled "The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II" [earlier Princess Elizabeth], introducing a broadcast by the Queen. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8487.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (10 October 1953, Conservative Party Conference, Winter Gardens, Margate [Kent]) on subjects including: forces sent to British Guiana [Guyana]; the Conservative record over the past 2 years; avoiding partisan politics; the improving economy, housing situation and meat supply; a guaranteed market for farmers; the general failure of nationalization; work done by the Trade Unions; the policy of free enterprise; Labour elements hostile to the United States, and to the inclusion of West Germany in European defence; the value of a conference between major powers; relations between the Soviet Union and West Germany; WSC's own reasons for staying in office. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8489 - 97.


  • Creation: 10 Dec 1948 - 10 Oct 1953

Conditions Governing Access



3 file(s) (3 files (420 loose folios))

Language of Materials