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

Reference code: CHAR 9/141A-B

Part of: CHAR 9
Next record: CHAR 9/142A-B
Previous record: CHAR 9/140A-B

Date: 30 Jul 1940 - 17 Sep 1940

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Statement by WSC (30 July) on making the remainder of the day's sitting a secret session. Also includes relevant extract from Hansard.

Statement by WSC (17 September, secret session) on the danger to the Houses of Parliament posed by air raids and possible changes to House of Commons procedures as a consequence of this threat. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6280-3.

Hansard copy of WSC's statement (13 August) on an aeroplane disaster involving Australian ministers and military figures.

Hansard copy of WSC's statement (15 August) on setbacks concerning operations in Somaliland [later Somalia]. Published: Complete Speeches VI p 6260.

Notes for WSC's speech (20 August) entitled "The Few", reviewing the war situation including casualty figures, food, civil defence, arms from the United States, [Adolf] Hitler's threat of invading Britain, and paying tribute to the role of the RAF in the Battle of Britain, which includes the phrase "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few". Also includes relevant extract from Hansard. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6260-8. See also CHAR 9/141A/37-68.

Notes for WSC's speech (5 September) on the war situation and an agreement with the United States over destroyers and defence bases, events in Romania, the achievements of the RAF, damage through bombing and the insurance scheme, evacuation, air raid warnings, and other Home Front issues. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6269-75.

Notes for WSC's speech (17 September) on the war situation including the progress of the RAF, the bombing of London, civilian casualties, and ARP. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6277-9.

For further material for some of the above speeches see CHAR 9/173 and CHAR 9/174.

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CHAR 9/141A/37-68 "The Few" 20 Aug 1940