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

Reference code: CHUR 5/42A-C

Part of: CHUR 5
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Date: Apr 1951 - 28 Sep 1951

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Speech notes for WSC's speech (3 July, Grosvenor House Hotel [London]) at the English Speaking Union dinner for General Dwight Eisenhower, on the English Speaking Union as a foundation for peace and an advance towards a united Europe.

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (10 July, Royal College of Physicians [London]) entitled "Lord Moran" (for the presentation of his portrait to 1st Lord Moran [earlier Charles Wilson, former President, Royal College of Physicians]), on subjects including medical progress, new drugs, the disadvantage of scientific advances such as the atom bomb, WSC's own debt to Moran and Moran's career, particularly his policy of co-operation with the National Health Service. Also includes the typescript for the opening speech by Dr [Walter] Russell Brain. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8223 - 5.

Speech notes for WSC's speech (21 July, Woodford Constituency Fete, Royal Wanstead School, Woodford [Essex]) entitled "Socialist Blunders" on subjects including: Britain's loss of prestige abroad; the restriction of free enterprise; the economy, including the worsening trade gap, inflation, high taxation, devaluation and Government over-spending; the disorganized rearmament programme; Liberal and Conservative contributions to social reform, and the Labour contribution of nationalization, particularly of the iron and steel industry; the forecast by Arthur Horner [General Secretary, National Union of Mine Workers] of a miners' strike under a Conservative Government; WSC's own past relations with the miners; preparing for the next election. Source material includes notes from George Christ [Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Conservative Party] on subjects including the cost of living, the economy and meat shortages and 2 issues of the Conservative Party weekly newsletter. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8225 - 9.

Speech notes for WSC's speech (23 July, United Europe Movement dinner, Mansion House [London]) entitled "United Europe", on the problems of the United States in dealing with Europe, the European debt to the United States, the time wasted before unification, the results of Britain not taking part in European discussions on issues such as the Schuman Plan [for the European Coal and Steel Community], the delay in setting up a European Army, the attitude of the United States to such an army and the reconciliation of France and West Germany as the foundation for Europe. Source material includes a draft for the speech by Duncan Sandys and 2 issues of the European Review. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8230 - 2.

Speech notes, typescript and Hansard for WSC's speech (30 July, House of Commons) entitled "The Middle East Situation" on subjects including: the decline of British influence in the Middle East and the need to co-operate with the United States and France to regain it; the value of Middle Eastern oil supplies to Britain and the United States, in deterring the spread of Communism; British relations with Egypt, including the British war debt to Egypt and the trading of a British destroyer as part of the debt; the blockade of the Suez Canal; the lack of guidance in the Foreign Office; the poor start of [Herbert Morrison] as Foreign Secretary; the dispute between the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company and the Government of Persia [Iran]; the position of the Conservative Party on military action; the mission sent by the United States to Persia; the need to protect British oil personnel, without evacuating the Abadan Refinery. Source material includes press cuttings from the Evening Standard on accusations by Morrison of Conservative war-mongering; notes on the oil negotiations. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8232 - 43.

Speech notes giving subject headings for WSC's speech (15 August, Dover [Kent]) on receiving the freedom of Dover, and Dover's wartime history.

Speech notes for WSC's speech (15 August, Deal [Kent]) on receiving the freedom of Deal, on the war history of Kent and Deal.

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (16 September, ?Chartwell [Kent]) on behalf of the RAF Benevolent Fund, on the debt owed to the RAF and the work of the Fund. Source material includes a letter and notes from 1st Lord Riverdale [earlier Arthur Balfour], Chairman of the Fund. Also includes notes from Elizabeth Gilliatt and Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], WSC's secretaries, on the Fund and the broadcast. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8243 - 4.

Speech notes for WSC's recorded election message (28 September) on the need to restore stable government and Britain's prestige, the likelihood of worsening economic conditions and the importance of fostering individual effort and producing new wealth. Source material includes a letter and a draft for the message from Mark Chapman-Walker [Conservative Party Secretariat]. Also includes notes from Lettice Marston on the draft and the recording.

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