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

Reference code: CHUR 5/35A-B

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Date: 02 Jun 1950 - 28 Jun 1950

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Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (7 June, Women's Central Advisory Committee, Albert Hall [London]) entitled "General Election Results" on subjects including: the country's general vote against socialist policies; the part played in political life by women; the Government's abandonment of its policies, including both the petrol ration in Britain and New Zealand, and also nationalization, except for the nationalization of steel; socialist restriction of freedom; the Conservative aim of joining with the Liberal Party to remove the whole system of wartime controls and restrictions; the economic recovery depending on production. Source material includes a letter from George Christ [Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Conservative Party] on subjects for the speech, including the Conservative Party's opposition to making wartime controls permanent, recent Government concessions, their poor handling of foreign affairs, including the Schuman Plan [for the European Coal and Steel Community] and their failure to notify New Zealand of the end of petrol rationing. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8010 - 13.

Speech notes giving the subject headings for WSC's speech (22 June, Independent Unionist Peers, House of Lords) on the Conservative policy in Opposition, the next election, the Schuman Plan and defence.

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (27 June, House of Commons) entitled "The Schuman Plan" on subjects including: the Government's poor grip on foreign affairs, including its devaluation of the pound without warning to other countries, and the resultant French retaliation with the sudden production of the Schuman Plan; the advantages of attending the conference on the Schuman Plan and its proposed international co-ordination of steel and coal production; the Government's hostility to the unification of Western Europe and its hampering of the development of the European Assembly, causing deadlock between Britain and France; the statement by the National Executive of the Labour Party in opposition to joining any European scheme not dominated by Socialists; WSC's support for the Government's declaration against parts of Europe becoming a neutral zone between the United States and Soviet Union, and his fears of Britain's hostility to Europe increasing the chances of a European neutral block; the importance of continuing to put the Empire and Commonwealth first; the former adherence of the Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] to international armaments and conscription, rather than national rearmament, and his present inconsistent attitude; the possibility of conceding some national sovereignty to a unified Europe, and the necessity for negotiating within Europe, rather from outside; the need for Britain and France to act together when dealing with West Germany; international interdependence; Empire and Commonwealth support for European unity and Britain's opportunity to play a part in unifying the Western democracies. Source material includes notes on the Schuman Plan by [? Duncan Sandys], and a press cutting on whether the Conservative Party would support "internationalization" of steel and coal. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8013 - 26.

Speech notes giving subject headings for WSC's speech (28 June, Annual Dinner of the 1900 Club, Grosvenor House Hotel [London]) entitled "Korea", on WSC's career, the progress of the 20th century, the next election and foreign affairs. Part published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8026 - 7.

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