Various shots of Sir Anthony Eden, Conservative Prime Minister, speaking at his Party Conference on the impact of nuclear weapons and energy, and reforms in National Service.
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MS Conservative Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden, addressing the Conservative Party Conference on political situation and the future of atomic energy in this country. " Finally, looming over everything there is nuclear warfare and the hydrogen bomb. The bomb which has compelled the nations to talk against a terrifying backdrop of universal destruction..."
CU Sir Anthony Eden: "And now there is one special matter to which I must refer and that is the manpower within the forces........." CU Eden: "We are confident that we can discharge our treaty obligations and maintain our position as a world power despite this reduction in number. The precise extent to which the reduction will affect National Service men will depend on how successful we are in encouraging regular recruitment. Ladies and Gentlemen we want all the volunteers we can get ... and to this end we will be considering pay and conditions of service for the regular forces....." CU Eden: He continues to discuss the difficulty of making a reduction and that it will be brought about by calling up fewer young men each year. MS Eden: "In the event of a nuclear war, the primary role of a reserve army would be to help to maintain the life of the nation to deal with raids and sabotage." He goes on to give details of differences in training that this will entail.
MS Eden: He describes that Britain has a shortage in coal output and cannot afford to import. He adds that new technologies will add different factors, including nuclear energy. There is shortage of young scientists and engineering designers. He concludes that with the backing of the Chancellor, it has been agreed that nothing will stand in the way of nuclear development and the training of British scientists and engineers to keep Britain competitive with Russian and the United States of America / USA. (Applause). LS Eden at the podium in front of Conservative delegates. MS Eden sits to applause. Various shots of audience applauding.
Note: "Date received" on original paperwork reads: 08/10/1955.