Official: Home Office: House of Commons Letters.

Reference code: CHAR 12/15

Part of: CHAR 12
Previous record: CHAR 12/14

Date: Feb 1910 - Sep 1911

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WSC's letters to King Edward VII describing parliamentary discussions and events. Also includes a telegram from Sir Edward Troup to WSC relating to the industrial unrest of 1911. All items are typescript and not signed unless otherwise described.

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Reference Record Date
CHAR 12/15/1-2 Telegram from Sir Edward Troup [Permanent Under Secretary of State, Home Office] to WSC concerning the movement of troops in a town [during industrial unrest]. Manuscript. Contains note by WSC on the dorse. 02 Sep 1911
CHAR 12/15/3-4 Letter from WSC (House of Commons) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: the announcement of the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith] regarding the Government's intentions on the reform of the relations between the two Houses of Parliament and the [1909] Budget; and [John] Redmond's "menacing" speech on the position of the Irish [National] Party. 21 Feb 1910
CHAR 12/15/5-7 Letter from WSC (House of Commons) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: the speeches of [George] Barnes, F E Smith [later Lord Birkenhead], [William] O'Brien, [William] Moore, WSC and Walter Ling on proposals for Parliamentary reform. 22 Feb 1910
CHAR 12/15/8-10 Letter from WSC (House of Commons) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: a debate over Free Trade and Protection between [Alfred] Mond and Samuel Storey [later Lord Buckton]; the maiden speech of [Eliot] Crawshay Williams; [Arthur] Balfour's speech in favour of Protection and WSC's comments on the issue. WSC also discusses the small Government majority and the task of carrying through "tremendous constitutional changes". 24 Feb 1910
CHAR 12/15/11-12 Letter from WSC (House of Commons) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: attacks on the Government concerning the political situation and a debate between Austen Chamberlain and Sydney Buxton over Free Trade which WSC comments is "ground upon which the two parties meet with tireless zeal". WSC asks that Lord Knollys should advise him if the King would like him to describe additional issues in his letters. 23 Feb 1910
CHAR 12/15/13-15 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: discussion of an amendment relating to the hops industry; the weak position of the government due to the disillusionment of their supporters regarding legislation on the constitution and veto of the House of Lords; the necessity of a statement on the subject by the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith] so that financial business, including discussion of the naval estimates, may be continued. 25 Feb 1910
CHAR 12/15/16-18 Letter from WSC (House of Commons) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: the resolution of the situation in the House of Commons by a statement from the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith] which has pacified the Irish Nationalists and Radical Liberals; WSC 's prediction that there will not be a change of government or ministers until May; [Arthur] Balfour's reply to the Prime Minister; the speech of Lord Hugh Cecil [later Lord Quickswood] concerning the historical use of the Royal Prerogative to create new peers and the "singularly unsatisfactory example" of 1711 and the "squandering of the fruits of all the Duke of Marlborough's victories". 28 Feb 1910
CHAR 12/15/19-21 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: the smooth progression of financial business; discussion of Government borrowing; WSC's opinion that the Government has not surrendered to the Irish [Nationalists] and his comments on the strength of the constitution. 01 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/15/22-25 Letter from WSC (House of Commons) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: discussion of Government borrowing and the passage of the [1909] Budget; and the influence of the House of Lords over the passage of financial bills. 03 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/15/26-27 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: discussion of the Colonial Office estimates; the statement on British policy in Somaliland [Africa] made by WSC and his opinion of British withdrawal to the Somaliland coast. 03 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/15/28-30 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: discussion of the passage of the [1909] Budget; the suggestion by the Opposition that the Budget should be divided into a series of separate resolutions and the Government's objection to this idea. WSC expresses his hopes that the "catastrophe" which would result from the loss of the Budget can be avoided. 04 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/15/31-32 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: discussion of the Army estimates introduced by [Richard] Haldane [Secretary of State for War]; WSC's approval of Haldane's army reforms; and a debate over the non-payment of trade union rates of wages in Government shops in the War Office. Includes manuscript corrections. 08 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/15/33-34 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: continuing discussion of the Army estimates and WSC's speech on whether the land force is sufficient for the needs of the country. 09 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/15/35-39 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: the fact that the Vote on Account approved by the House of Commons will supply the Government for six weeks and is therefore indicative of the Government's uncertain position and the financial powers of the House of Commons; reaction by Austen Chamberlain and F E Smith [later Lord Birkenhead] to the Government's decision; Sir Edward Grey's statement of Foreign Office policy on the Belgian annexation of the Congo; and WSC's opinions on the naval estimates which are due to be discussed and on Reginald McKenna's ship-building programme. 11 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/15/40-42 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: a question by Lord Hugh Cecil [later Lord Quickswood] on the Government's intentions regarding the passage of the [1909] Budget; the effect of the Government's answer on the Irish Nationalists; WSC's observations on the unstable political situation and the lack of interest shown in discussion of the naval estimates. 14 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/15/43-46 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: praise for a speech made by the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith]; comments on the inadequacies of a reply by [Arthur] Balfour; the imminent climax of discussions over the [1909] Budget and the veto of the House of Lords; and WSC's opinion that the King's intervention will be required to overcome the constitutional deadlock. 30 Mar 1910
CHAR 12/15/47-50 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: the debate on the motion that the resolutions on the veto of the House of Lords should go to committee; a speech by Sir Robert Finlay on the legal aspects of the reform of the House of Lords; the financial implications of general elections on Members of Parliament; WSC's speech on the necessity of intervention by the King (for which he takes full responsibility); and the Government's intentions regarding the Budget and resolutions on the veto of the House of Lords. 02 Apr 1910
CHAR 12/15/51-53 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: the carrying of the resolution to abolish the financial veto of the House of Lords; [Richard] Haldane's speech on the constitutional reform of the House of Lords; a "really delicious" speech by [Arthur] Balfour concerning his previous statements about the power of the House of Lords regarding financial measures; and the division on Tariff Reform. 09 Apr 1910
CHAR 12/15/54-56 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: the debate over the amendment to the resolutions on the veto of the House of Lords excluding measures affecting Royal powers; the introduction by the Conservative Party of an amendment to exclude Home Rule from the powers proposed for the House of Commons and the excited mood of the House during speeches by the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith] and [Arthur] Balfour. 15 Apr 1910
CHAR 12/15/57-59 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: the strengthened position of the Government due to the passage of the Budget through the House of Commons; the impressive position of the British economy; and the debate between the Chancellor of the Exchequer [David Lloyd George] and [William] O'Brien. 20 Apr 1910
CHAR 12/15/60-62 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: debate of the Vote on Account; censure of Sir Robert Anderson for his articles in Blackwood's Magazine and the decision that he would not be deprived of his pension; and the uproar which followed a remark made by [James] Campbell. 22 Apr 1910
CHAR 12/15/63-64 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including a debate on the amendments to the resolutions on the veto of the House of Lords which have been resisted by WSC, although he concedes that the criticisms of the Conservative Party will have to be met. [Apr] [1910]
CHAR 12/15/65-67 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: the second passing of the [1909] Budget through the House of Commons; the speech of [Joseph] Devlin; and WSC's observations on what might have happened if the Budget had not been rejected by the House of Lords. 27 Apr 1910
CHAR 12/15/68-69 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to King Edward VII describing events in the House of Commons including: the circumstances of the evacuation of Somaliland [Africa] to the coast and the adjournment of the House of Commons for the holidays. 28 Apr 1910