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Nature volume 149, pages 587590 (30 May 1942) | Download Citation



THE satisfaction which was given by Lord Reith in his statement in the House of Lords on February 11, announcing the establishment of the Ministry of Works and Planning, to be endowed with the necessary powers derived in part from the existing Town and Country Planning Acts and in part from forthcoming legislation, including that designed to give effect to the recommendations of the Uthwatt Committee, passed into concern in view of succeeding ministerial changes and the absence of the promised statement from the Government. That concern has been largely dispelled by the statement made by Lord Portal in the House of Lords on April 21. Following on Mr. Bevin's address to the opening session of the Emergency Committee of the International Labour Organisation, and succeeded by Mr. Oliver Lyttelton's broadcast on April 26, it afforded reassuring evidence not only that the policy outlined by Lord Reith is unchanged, but also that the Government is facing the problems of the post-war world, and that some at least of its members fully realize the contribution a reconstruction policy can make to the winning of the War.

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