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Human Problems in the Dispersal of Industry

Nature volume 155, pages 6365 (20 January 1945) | Download Citation



IN the White Paper on Employment Policy, as one method of dealing with the problems of local employment and securing a balanced distribution of industry and labour, the Government proposal is to exercise a substantial measure of control over the location of new industrial development, as is contemplated in the Barlow Report. The importance of such measures has been repeatedly emphasized in various connexions, particularly with reference to such regional proposals as the Greater London plan recently prepared by Si L. P. Abercrombie, of which a limited working edition has been released to the Press and to the local authorities. Nevertheless, it is clear that so far there are no powers for giving effect to such regional plans; nor, if and when such powers are forthcoming, is the regional planning machinery adequate for the purpose. Furthermore, it is by no means certain that public opinion is yet prepared to accept the limitations on personal freedom and initiative implied in any large-scale measure of regional or national planning.

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