Speeches: House of Commons and Non-House of Commons: Speech notes and source material.

Reference code: CHUR 5/38A-C

Part of: CHUR 5
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Date: 26 Feb 1949 - 29 Dec 1950

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Danish proofs for WSC's speeches (9 - 11 October, Copenhagen [Denmark]). Also includes letter from Paul Monrad, publisher of the speeches in Denmark.

Speech notes for WSC's speech (10 October, Copenhagen University) entitled "Honorary Degree Conferment" (of WSC's honorary doctorate of philosophy) on Britain's debt to the ancient Danes, WSC's own perseverance after the academic failures of his youth, the privilege of university education, the balance between sciences and arts, the advantages and shortcomings of science, and the overall guidance of Christian ethics. Also includes typescripts of speeches by Professor Hansen, Rector of Copenhagen University, and Professor Carstein Hoeg, Prorector, in tribute to WSC. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8094 - 6.

Speech notes for WSC's speech (11 October, Students' Association and Danish-British Society, K B Hall, Copenhagen) on Europe as a conception, its past influence and poor present state, the potential for European states to work together, the United States's support for a united Europe, the ultimate goal of an international government, with a united Europe as an essential part, the progress in unification, prominent Danes in the European Movement, hostility from Communists, the need for unity to preserve peace, and a European defensive front, including the nuclear deterrent.

Retyped speech notes from WSC's earlier speeches (26 February 1949 - 11 October 1950) for use in Copenhagen (October 1950) on the United Europe Movement, including Communist hostility, defects in the United Nations and welcoming West Germany into the movement. Also includes a note from "N S" [Jo Sturdee, WSC's secretary].

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (14 October, Conservative Annual Conference, Blackpool [Lancashire]) entitled "Situation at Home and Abroad" on subjects including: the good progress of the war in Korea, and the worse danger in Europe; hopes for a European Army in time to prevent war; the harm done by the long electioneering period in Britain; progress in the alliance between Conservatives and Liberals, and successes in forcing the Government to change policies; the Government's placing of party above national interest, and unparliamentary centralization of power; Communist support for the Labour Party; Conservative planning for individual homes and families; their obligation to support the Government in the national interest, in foreign policy and defence, while criticizing their disorganization; the Government's partisan and unpopular nationalization of iron and steel; the rise in the cost of living and inflation; the growing links between the Conservatives and the Trade Unions because of nationalization, and the harm caused to the Unions by nationalization; the failure of the Government housing policy. Source material includes: notes by [? Sir Desmond Morton] on the cost of living, Government over-spending, including on defence, and the economic effects of nationalization; notes on unofficial strikes, especially in nationalized industries, Government election pledges and the Labour Party Conference; notes from George Christ [Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Conservative Party] on subjects including the duties of Opposition, Government economic policy, their concessions to the Opposition, the nationalization of iron and steel, Government accusations of Conservative irresponsibility, the Trade Unions and the failure of Government housing policy. Also includes a note by [? Sir Martin Gilbert (?1960's)]. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8096 - 8106.

Speech notes giving subject headings for WSC's speech (17 October, Speaker's Dinner) on the House of Commons and Parliament.

Speech notes giving subject headings for WSC's speech (20 October, Alamein Reunion, Empress Hall, Earls Court [London]) entitled "Fifth Alamein Reunion" on the need for unity to preserve peace, support from the United States and United Nations, and the need for a common front in Europe. Also includes a copy of the Reunion programme. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8106 - 8.

Speech notes and extract from Hansard for WSC's speech (24 October, House of Commons) entitled "The New Chamber of the House of Commons", on WSC's own place in Parliament, the rebuilding of the chamber, and Parliament's democratic role. Also includes letter from Edward Cass [Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Clement Attlee] with a draft of Attlee's speech on the new chamber. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8108 - 9.

Speech notes for WSC's speech (26 October, House of Commons) entitled "The New Chamber of the House of Commons", welcoming speakers from the Commonwealth and Empire, on the new chamber, and hope that the unity within the Commonwealth will be extended to the rest of the world. Also includes letter from Edward Cass with a draft of Attlee's welcoming speech. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8109 - 10.

Speech notes for WSC's speech (31 October, House of Commons) for the debate on the address, on subjects including: points of agreement between the Opposition and Government, such as defence and the European Army; lack of recognition for support for Britain from the United States; the need for a permanent United Nations force; the Prime Minister's partisan policies to placate his own party, including trying to make wartime economic controls permanent and nationalization, especially of iron and steel; the rising cost of living; the failure of the Government housing policy; the harm done by the continued electioneering atmosphere. Source material includes notes on WSC's own comments on defence for Western Europe and notes on the Government's housing target and former commitment to direct action, rather than parliamentary democracy. Also includes a copy of the King's Speech. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8111 - 9.

Speech notes giving subject headings for WSC's speech (31 October, Savoy Hotel [London]) at a dinner given by the 1922 Committee for the jubilee of WSC's first election to Parliament. Also includes menu for the dinner.

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