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Nature volume 159, pages 619621 (10 May 1947) | Download Citation



A LTHOUGH in his speech at the outset of the debate in March in the House of Commons on the economic situation in Great Britain, Sir Stafford Cripps emphasized the importance of the necessity for some incentive element, throughout the wages structure, which would be an inducement to a higher rate of productivity, and elaborated further the policy foreshadowed in the White Paper in that respect, the Budget proposals showed little evidence of the Government's intention to implement that policy. The debate on the economic situation tended to concentrate attention on this question of incentives, and on that of securing the most effective distribution of man-power. Mr. Lyttleton brought strong support to Sir Stafford Cripps' observations on the importance of incentives,and Wing-Commander Millington's example of the increase in output of bricklayers from 80 bricks to 462 bricks per man per day as a result of incentive schemes shows what can be done by the introduction of incentive schemes into wage systems.

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