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Ministry of Works and Planning

Nature volume 149, page 521 (09 May 1942) | Download Citation



THE Ministry of Works and Planning Bill, which received its second reading in the House of Commons on April 29, while recognizing the principle that private profit must not be allowed to regulate the surroundings and conditions of our life after the War, is, as the Paymaster-General admitted in his speech, a very small step towards the solution of problems of planning. The purpose of the\Bill is to provide for the transfer to the Minister of Works and Planning of all the existing functions of the Commissioners of Works and the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland, and of the existing town and country planning functions of the Ministry of Health (but not its housing powers). The precise relations of the Minister of Works and Planning and the Paymaster-General are obscure, nor is it clear how far the transfer of powers goes. The Bill is, however, a step forward towards the creation of the central authority for planning in Great Britain, put forward by the Uthwatt Committee in its first recommendations.

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