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Speeches: House of Commons and Non-House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 07 Dec 1953 - 30 Jun 1954

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 5/54A-B

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Speech notes, typescript and copies of Hansard for WSC's speech (17 May, House of Commons) entitled "Address of Welcome to the Queen on her return from her Commonwealth Tour" on the value of the tour by Queen Elizabeth II [earlier Princess Elizabeth] and the importance of the monarchy. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8566 - 7.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (27 May, Conservative Women's Meeting, Albert Hall [London]) entitled "The Conservatives' Tasks" on subjects including: the burden of government; faults of the previous Labour Government, including their mismanagement of the economy and the spread of bureaucracy; the strengthened position and achievements of the Conservatives, including the improving economy, the dismantling of economic controls and rationing, the housing programme and increased spending on social services; the importance of stable government; Britain's reputation as a peacemaker; pay rises for MPs and the role of parliamentary and constitutional institutions; splits in the Labour Party; the policy of peace through strength. Source material includes a letter and draft notes from George Christ [Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Conservative Party] on subjects including the end of rationing, encouraging free enterprise, the reduction of economic controls and improvements in the economy, social services and housing. Also includes: unused notes on the hydrogen bomb tests by the United States, Labour Party attacks on the Government for not doing more to stop the tests, and the agreement between WSC and Franklin Roosevelt [former President of the United States] on nuclear power, in 1943; notes by Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel] and Elizabeth Gilliatt [WSC's secretaries], Peter Oates and Anthony Montague Browne [Private Secretaries to WSC] and John Colville [Joint Principal Private Secretary to WSC] on arrangements for the speech; a letter from 1st Lord Woolton [earlier Frederick Marquis, Conservative Party Chairman] asking WSC to give the speech; a copy of the order of proceedings for the meeting. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8569 - 73.Speech notes and print for WSC's speech (8 June, English-Speaking Union Dinner to General Gruenther, Dorchester Hotel [London]) entitled "Anglo-American Friendship" on the anniversary of D-Day, the command of General Alfred Gruenther [Supreme Allied Commander, Europe], the strength of the English-Speaking Union, the alliance between the British Commonwealth and the United States, the policy of peace through strength and the ultimate goal of peace with the Soviet Union. Also includes a print of the speech by Gruenther. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8573 - 4.Speech notes and copy of Hansard for WSC's speech (15 June, House of Commons) entitled "Mr Arthur Greenwood" in tribute to Greenwood's career, including his contribution to social progress, his time as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and as a member of the War Cabinet. Published: Complete Speeches VIII p 8575.Notes for WSC's [undelivered] speech (23 June) on foreign affairs. Noted missing December 1999.Speech notes for WSC's speech (25 June, Washington [United States]) entitled "A 'Family' Conference" on his talks with Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary] in the United States, and the English-speaking family working together. Published: Complete Speeches VIII p 8575.Speech notes for WSC's broadcast (30 June, on leaving Canada) on the expansion of Canada in his lifetime, his close relations with Canada's Prime Ministers, his attendance at a meeting of the Canadian Cabinet, his previous visits to Canada and the future power of Canada.


  • Creation: 07 Dec 1953 - 30 Jun 1954

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