THE interim report of the Uthwatt Committee on Compensation and Betterment has rightly been hailed as marking a definite stage in dealing with those problems of physical reconstruction in Great Britain which are now generally recognized as urgent. There is little dissent from Lord Reith's own view that they are urgent and pressing and that without diverting energies from the prosecution of the war, preparations must be made now to plan the rebuilding of Britain, and to consider the reconstruction of devastated areas, the location of industry, the preservation of the countryside and the conservation of natural resources. Only by planning now can we be ready to use the opportunities of rebuilding on better lines when the War comes to an end, and avoid mistakes made after 1918 which are now everywhere admitted.

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    PLANNING REBUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT. Nature 148, 293–296 (1941).

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