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

Reference code: CHAR 9/142A-B

Part of: CHAR 9
Next record: CHAR 9/143
Previous record: CHAR 9/141A-B

Date: 08 Oct 1940 - 19 Dec 1940

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Notes for WSC's speech (8 October) on the Battle of Britain, the Home Guard and the Home Front, Hitler's threat to invade Britain, events at Dakar [Senegal], the desertion of Vichy France, the Burma road and events in Spain. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6284-94.

Notes for WSC's statement (17 October) on Robert Boothby [Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Food] and Czechoslovak claims.

Notes for WSC's speech (5 November) on the war situation, including the air battles, the bombing of London, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham, the threat posed by U-boats, the possibility of invasion by Germany, civil defence and the Home Guard, affairs in Egypt and the Middle East, and the Italian invasion of Greece. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6298-304.

Notes for WSC's speech (12 November) paying tribute on the death of Neville Chamberlain. Also includes relevant extract from Hansard and cutting from the Daily Telegraph. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6307-9.

Hansard copy of WSC's statement (13 November) on "two naval exploits": the attack by HMS Jervis Bay on the battleship Scheer and the attack against the Italian Fleet at Taranto [Italy]. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6309-10.

Notes for WSC's speech (21 November) on the opening of parliament, commenting on parliament in wartime. Also includes relevant extract from Hansard. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6310-13.

Hansard copy of WSC's statements (26 November) on matters including Boothby and the precedence of government business in parliament.

Notes for WSC's statement (10 December) on action in the Middle East and the advance in Egypt. Also includes relevant extract from Hansard. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6313-4.

Notes for WSC's statement (12 December) on the North African campaign and victory at Sidi Barrani [Egypt]. Also includes relevant extract from Hansard. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6314-5.

Brief notes for WSC's speech (19 December) on the war situation, including the death of 11th Lord Lothian [earlier Philip Kerr, British Ambassador to the United States], the North African campaign, the war in the air, and the battle of the Atlantic. Also includes copy of Hansard containing the text of WSC's speech. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6316-22.

For further material for some of the above speeches see CHAR 9/174 and CHAR 9/175.

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