Speeches: House of Commons and Non-House of Commons: Speech notes and Hansard.

Reference code: CHUR 5/52A-C

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Date: 03 Nov 1953 - 17 Dec 1953

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Speech notes and copy of Hansard for WSC's speech (3 November, House of Commons) for the debate on the address, on subjects including: the forthcoming royal tour of the Commonwealth and Empire; the timing of the next General Election and the general length of Parliaments; constructive and non-partisan politics; housing policy, including new building and repair of existing property; reducing restrictions and controls on agriculture, increasing food production and retaining food subsidies; changes in the international situation, including negotiations to end the Korean War, the death of Stalin and possible changes in the attitude of the Soviet Union; hopes for a 4-Power Conference; the development of atomic weapons as a deterrent against war. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8497 - 505.

Speech notes for WSC's speech (9 November, Lord Mayor's Banquet, Guildhall [London]) entitled "Foreign Affairs" on the past failure to repair bomb-damage in the City of London and the present rebuilding programme; WSC's agreement with Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon], Foreign Secretary, on foreign policy; hopes for an easing in the Cold War; Italian demonstrations against Britain and the United States over their policing of Italy's border dispute with Yugoslavia; WSC's own feeling for Italy; Britain's close relations with the United States; the need for friendship between France and Germany, and peace founded on NATO. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8506 - 8.

Speech notes and copy of Hansard for WSC's speech (16 November, House of Commons) entitled "National Service" on Labour's support for compulsory National Service, keeping the issue above party politics, preserving a strong defence policy, the cross-party support for rearmament, disagreement over fixing the length of National Service, and the dangers of showing weakness in changing policy, particularly just before the Bermuda Conference [with the United States and France]. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8509 - 13.

Speech notes for WSC's speech (20 November, Mansion House [London]) entitled "Mr Clement Attlee" after the presentation of the freedom of the City to Attlee, on WSC's relations with Attlee, his military, philanthropic and political career, including his leading part in the rearmament programme and his time as WSC's deputy in the War Cabinet, and the success of the National Coalition in a time of national crisis. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8513 - 14.

Speech notes giving subject headings for WSC's speech (8 December, Mid-Ocean Club, Bermuda) on the Bermuda Conference.

Speech notes and copy of Hansard for WSC's speech (17 December, House of Commons) entitled "Foreign Affairs" on subjects including: the breaking-off of negotiations with Egypt, and the unchanged British position; WSC's private talks with Dwight Eisenhower, President of the United States; the value of such conferences; British relations with the United States, and the harm that could be done by anti-American and anti- British extremes on both sides; the Bermuda Conference, and the difficulties in ratifying the European Defence Community (EDC); hopes for a conference in Berlin [East Germany] which includes the Soviet Union; talks with the United States and France on the Far East and South East Asia; resumption of diplomatic relations with Persia [Iran]; progress on the border dispute between Italy and Yugoslavia over Trieste; exchange of atomic information and intelligence with the United States; Eisenhower's speech to the United Nations on the future of atomic energy for peaceful purposes.

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CHUR 5/52A/1-44 Debate on the Address 03 Nov 1953