Speeches: House of Commons: speech notes and source material.

Reference code: CHAR 9/112A-B

Part of: CHAR 9
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Date: 11 Mar 1935 - 15 May 1935

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WSC's notes for the defence debate (11 March) on defence spending and German military strength.

Notes for WSC's speech (19 March) on the relative strengths of the German and British air forces, questioning figures previously quoted by Lord President of the Council [Stanley Baldwin]. Source material includes cuttings from the Daily Telegraph. Published: Complete Speeches V pp 5543-51.

Notes for WSC's speech (2 May) on foreign policy, the Stresa [Italy] conference, the German threat in Europe, and Germany's air strength, which includes the phrase "Never must we despair, never must we give in, but we must face facts and draw true conclusions from them." Also includes: "Friends of Europe" pamphlet on "The German situation", containing the texts of the speeches by Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, WSC, Sir Austen Chamberlain, and Foreign Secretary Sir John Simon in 2 May debate; press cuttings on German rearmament. Source material includes: memoranda by WSC and [Harold Balfour, later 1st Lord Balfour of Inchrye] on the air situation; notes on an article by "XXX", a high-ranking general in the French army, on the German threat; copy of the National Labour fortnightly newsletter, containing an article by MacDonald on "Peace, Germany, and Stresa". Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 5590-6.

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