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Document Title Lord President's Committees: Minutes and Papers. Meeting Nos. 1(40) - 29(40), 11 June-20 Dec 1940; Papers Nos. 1(40) - 62(40), 12 June-29 Aug 1940; Statistics 1(40) - 4a, 12 Dec 1940
Reference CAB 71/1
Date 1940
Former Department Reference Series LP

Description

A file of memoranda, meeting minutes, and statistical information concerning the workings of the Lord President's Committee on domestic affairs during the Second World War. The documents discuss the British government's proposal to implement a system of means-testing to the British welfare system, ensuring that those in need of welfare payments are granted them according to their level of need; and the committee's efforts to requisition factories and warehouses around the country to ensure that Britain's supplies of key commodities are protected from German air raids. The documents also contain a copy of the report of the British government's Unemployment Assistance Board for 1937; and a series of statistical reports providing information on Britain's reserve stocks of food, fuel, and raw materials. Other documents comment on the prices of various agricultural products; a rise in the wages paid to British farmers; and shortages of raw materials, including aluminium, steel, and paper.

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i Front Cover 1940 Download PDF (1.41 MB)
iv Table of Contents 1940 Download PDF (3.12 MB)
1st Subjects Discussed: 1. PROCEDURE OF THE COMMITTEE; Extract from statement by Lord Privy Seal in House, 4.6.40; 2. MINISTRY OF PENSIONS WARRANT. REVISED 11th June 1940 Download PDF (1.72 MB)
2nd Subjects Discussed: 1. IRISH LABOUR. SUPPLY OF: WP(G)(40) 2. EAST COAST TOWNS. PARTIAL EVACUATION OF CERTAIN 13th June 1940 Download PDF (1.92 MB)
3rd Subjects Discussed: 1. NEW PENSIONS WARRANT; 2. PURCHASE TAX 17th June 1940 Download PDF (1.89 MB)
4th Subjects Discussed: 1. WAR EFFORT. STATISTICS BEARING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF; 2. ECONOMIC AND PRODUCTION POLICY. PERIODICAL PROGRESS REPORTS ON; 3. CONSUMPTION OF RAW MATERIALS IN RELATION TO THE NEED TO ACCUMULATE STOCKS 21st June 1940 Download PDF (2.08 MB)
5th Subjects Discussed: AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS. PRICES OF 22nd June 1940 Download PDF (1.29 MB)
6th Subjects Discussed: AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS. PRICES OF 27th June 1940 Download PDF (1.34 MB)
7th Subjects Discussed: 1. AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS. PRICES OF: PRICES OF: Text of broadcast on 29.6.40 (Annex); 2. ROUMANIAN GOLD; 3. CHILD MIGRATION TO CANADA. QUESTION OF TRANSFER OF FUNDS 28th June 1940 Download PDF (2.47 MB)
8th Subjects Discussed: 1. ECONOMIC PROGRESS REPORT NO. 1; 2. ALUMINIUM SCRAP 5th July 1940 Download PDF (1.44 MB)
9th Subjects Discussed: 1. EXPORT POLICY. Flax, Jute, Aluminium, WARTIME Cotton, Copper, Wool, Zinc, Lead and Steel; 2. WAGES AND WORKING CONDITIONS. WARTIME SETTLEMENT OF 10th July 1940 Download PDF (2.05 MB)
10th Subjects Discussed: 1. NEWSPRINT. IMPORT OF; 2. STEEL AND TIMBER. ALLOCATIONS; 3. WOOL PRICES; 4. PAPERS OF THE COMMITTEE. CIRCULATION OF 19th July 1940 Download PDF (2.00 MB)
11th Subjects Discussed: 1. BAUXITE AND ALUMINIUM. PROSPECTIVE SUPPLIES; 2. NEXT MEETING 26th July 1940 Download PDF (2.03 MB)
12th Subjects Discussed: 1. STATISTICS BEARING ON DEVELOPMENT OF OUR WAR EFFORT; 2. ECONOMIC PROGRESS REPORTS NO. 2; 3. ECONOMIC PROGRESS REPORTS NO. 3. SUBJECTS TO BE DISCUSSED IN; 4. STEEL. PROSPECTIVE WORLD SUPPLIES OF 29th July 1940 Download PDF (1.82 MB)
13th Subjects Discussed: 1. EVACUATED AND PROTECTED AREAS. ECONOMIC POSITION; 2. CIRCULATION OF THE PAPERS AND CONCLUSIONS OF THE COMMITTEE; 3. STATISTICAL DIGEST. SERIES B 16th August 1940 Download PDF (2.21 MB)
14th Subjects Discussed: 1. AGRICULTURAL PRICES; Price to be given for fat cattle; Effect on Northern Ireland agriculture of the proposed schedule of agriculture prices; Drafting amendments of proposed statement by Minister of Food; Draft of announcement to be made by Minister of Food as amended at meeting of Lord President's Committee held 27.8.40. (Annex) 27th August 1940 Download PDF (2.39 MB)
15th Subjects Discussed: 1. COMPENSATION FOR WAR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY; 2. ASSETS OF COMPANIES. PROHIBITION OF TRANSFER ABROAD 28th September 1940 Download PDF (2.30 MB)
16th Subjects Discussed: COMPENSATION FOR WAR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY 26th September 1940 Download PDF (1.91 MB)
17th Subjects Discussed: COMPENSATION FOR WAR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY 30th September 1940 Download PDF (1.77 MB)
18th Subjects Discussed: THE MEANS TEST 15th October 1940 Download PDF (1.42 MB)
19th Subjects Discussed: THE MEANS TEST 28th October 1940 Download PDF (2.40 MB)
20th Subjects Discussed: THE MEANS TEST 1st November 1940 Download PDF (2.62 MB)
21st Subjects Discussed: THE MEANS TEST 4th November 1940 Download PDF (3.10 MB)
22nd Subjects Discussed: THE MEANS TEST; Text of Statement to be made in the House on 6.11.40 as approved by L.P. Committee for submission to Prime Minister. (Annex) 5th November 1940 Download PDF (1.93 MB)
23rd Subjects Discussed: WAR EFFORT. STATISTICS BEARING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF; 1. Series A; 2. Series B 7th November 1940 Download PDF (2.57 MB)
24th Subjects Discussed: 1. WAREHOUSING; 2. EVACUATED AND PROTECTED AREAS; ECONOMIC POSITION IN 8th November 1940 Download PDF (2.51 MB)
25th Subjects Discussed: 1. THOMAS COOK & SON, LTD. REPATRIATION OF CONTROL OF; 2. INTERNAL TRANSPORT; 3. WAREHOUSING. INQUIRY INTO; 4. MEANS TEST 22nd November 1940 Download PDF (1.69 MB)
26th Subjects Discussed: MEANS TEST; Householder applicants. Contributions by earning members; Single applicants who are members of households but are not themselves householders; ASSISTANCE BOARD. RELATION TO PARLIAMENT 29th November 1940 Download PDF (2.67 MB)
27th Subjects Discussed: 1. WAREHOUSE AND FACTORY ACCOMMODATION; 2. PORT CLEARANCE; 3. FACTORIES. DISPERSAL OF: POLICY OF 9th November 1940 Download PDF (1.87 MB)
28th Subjects Discussed: 1. FACTORY AND WAREHOUSE ACCOMMODATION; Scope of the Control; Organisation of the Control; Duties of the Control; 2. DETERMINATION OF NEEDS BILL; Treatment of War Savings; Application of the Bill to Public Assistance 13th December 1940 Download PDF (2.78 MB)
29th Subjects Discussed: 1. FACTORY AND STORAGE ACCOMMODATION. CONTROL OF; 2. FACTORY AND STORAGE SPACE; 3. INLAND SORTING DEPOTS. PROVISION OF; 4. OUR WAR EFFORT. SCALE OF, IN THE PERIOD OCTOBER - NOVEMBER, 1940 20th December 1940 Download PDF (1.95 MB)
1 NEW PENSIONS WARRANT. Memo. by Lord Privy Seal 12th June 1940 Download PDF (1.56 MB)
2 NEW PENSIONS WARRANT. Memo. by Chancellor of Exchequer 14th June 1940 Download PDF (1.65 MB)
3 STATISTICS BEARING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR WAR EFFORT. (Series A). Digest No. 1, prepared by Minister without Portfolio. Production. For the Services. Essential Commodities. Consumption and Stocks. Coal, Iron Ore, Aluminium. Wool, Cotton, Timber Food, Oil. Allocations. Steel and Timber. Employment and Unemployment. Sales, Prices and Wages. Foreign Trade. Import Programmes. Shipping 20th June 1940 Download PDF (2.06 MB)
3A STATISTICS BEARING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR WAR EFFORT. Note by Minister without Portfolio 20th June 1940 Download PDF (1.37 MB)
4 CONSUMPTION OF ESSENTIAL RAW MATERIALS IN RELATION TO THE NEED TO ACCUMULATE STOCKS. Memo. by Minister without Portfolio. Domestic Market. Export Trade. Specific Raw Materials. Use of Wool in Woollen and Worsted Spinning. Jute Cloth. Licences issued for: Conclusions 20th June 1940 Download PDF (2.42 MB)
5 ECONOMIC AND PRODUCTION POLICY. PERIODICAL PROGRESS REPORTS ON: Note by Minister without Portfolio 20th June 1940 Download PDF (1.11 MB)
6 AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS. PRICES OF: Conclusions of 5th Meeting of L.P. Committee on 25th June 1940 Download PDF (1.80 MB)
7 WOOL PRICES, 1940. Memo. by Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and S/S Scotland. Sheep and Wool Prices 1906 - 1939. (Table A). Agricultural Products. Comparative figures, (Table B) 26th June 1940 Download PDF (1.79 MB)
8 AGRICULTURAL PRICES. GOVERNMENT'S POLICY ON: PROPOSED ANNOUNCEMENT RE: Draft prepared by Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries 26th June 1940 Download PDF (1.83 MB)
9 WOOL PRICES, 1940. Memo. by Minister of Supply 28th June 1940 Download PDF (1.33 MB)
10 AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS. PRICES OF: PROPOSED ANNOUNCEMENT RE Proposed broadcasts. Drafts: (Annexes A, B & C) 27th June 1940 Download PDF (2.48 MB)
11 ALUMINIUM SCRAP. RECOVERY OF: Note by Minister without Portfolio covering draft directive to Minister of Aircraft Production and Minister of Supply 1st July 1940 Download PDF (1.35 MB)
12 IMPORTATION OF NEWSPRINT. Portfolio. Memo. by Minister without Portfolio 25th July 1940 Download PDF (3.06 MB)
13 ECONOMIC PROGRESS REPORT NO. 1. Note by Minister without Portfolio covering: Home consumption. Limitation of: Import programme. Export policy. Govt. Building Programme 3rd July 1940 Download PDF (3.92 MB)
14 EXPORT TRADE PURPOSES. ALLOCATIONS MADE FOR: Note by Chairman of the Production and Materials Priority Committee 9th July 1940 Download PDF (1.35 MB)
15 RAW MATERIALS. STOCKS OF, IN RELATION TO LEVELS OF CONSUMPTION. Note by Secy. covering copy of Minute to Minister without Portfolio, 9.7.40 9th July 1940 Download PDF (2.63 MB)
16 WAGES AND WORKING CONDITIONS IN WAR-TIME. SETTLEMENT OF QUESTIONS RE: Note by Secy. covering: Memo. by Minister of Labour and National Service. (P.X.(40)31). (Annex 1). Extract from Minutes of P.X.(40)7th Mtg. (Annex 2) 9th July 1940 Download PDF (2.97 MB)
17 STEEL AND TIMBER. ALLOCATION OF: Secy. covering tables showing 16th July 1940 Download PDF (2.20 MB)
18 NEWSPRINT. IMPORTATION OF: Memo. by Minister of Supply 18th July 1940 Download PDF (1.42 MB)
19 STATISTICS BEARING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR WAR EFFORT. Digest No. 2. Production. Aircraft and Aero-Engines. War Equipment. Small Arms Ammunition. Machine Tool Activity. Hours of Operation of Machine Tools. Essential Commodities. Consumption and Stocks. Coal, Iron Ore, Aluminium. Wool, Cotton, Timber. Food. Oil. Allocations. Steel and Timber, Employment and Unemployment. Sales, Prices and Wages. Foreign Trade. Import Programmes and Arrivals. Imports according to Departmental Programmes. Shipping 26th July 1940 Download PDF (2.65 MB)
19A STATISTICS BEARING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR WAR EFFORT. Note by Minister without Portfolio. Introductory. Commentary 26th July 1940 Download PDF (2.39 MB)
20 BAUXITE AND ALUMINIUM. PROSPECTIVE WORLD SUPPLIES OF: Memo. by Minister without Portfolio 23rd July 1940 Download PDF (3.88 MB)
21 ECONOMIC PROGRESS REPORT NO. 2. Note by Minister without Portfolio circulating: Recent movements in retail prices (Annex A). Restriction of non-essential capital construction. (Annex B). Utilisation of existing capital equipment. (Annex C). British effects of the collapse of France on coal industry. (Annex D) 27th July 1940 Download PDF (4.72 MB)
22 STEEL. PROSPECTIVE WORLD SUPPLIES: Memo. by Minister without Portfolio. Steel position last spring and extent to which it has deteriorated. Problem of iron supplies and its reaction on our production of acid and alloy steels. Problem of import of steel scrap. Conclusions. Steel allocations in 1940. (Annex) 26th July 1940 Download PDF (5.07 MB)
23 STANDARD CLOTHING. PROVISION OF: Note by Secy. circulating letter with enclosure, dated 9.7.40, from Minister of Supply to Minister without Portfolio and letter dated 18.7.40, in reply 1st August 1940 Download PDF (1.61 MB)
24 NEWSPRINT. IMPORT IN 1940 and 1941. ARRANGEMENTS FOR: Note by Secy. covering:- Letter (2.8.40) from Minister without Portfolio to Mr. Stanley Bell, representing the Newspaper Proprietors. Letter from Mr. E. Harmsworth (2.8.40) to Minister without Portfolio. Letter (2.8.40) from Minister without Portfolio to Mr. Harmsworth 2nd August 1940 Download PDF (2.16 MB)
25 STANDARD CLOTHING. Memo. by Minister of Supply 2nd August 1940 Download PDF (1.28 MB)
26 AGRICULTURAL PRICE POLICY. Memo. by Minister without Portfolio 3rd August 1940 Download PDF (4.06 MB)
27 EVACUATED AND PROTECTED AREAS. ECONOMIC POSITION: Memo. by Lord Privy Seal 13th August 1940 Download PDF (6.62 MB)
28 NO PAPER ISSUED 1940 Download PDF (1.01 MB)
29 AGRICULTURAL PRICES. Draft announcement prepared by Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister of Food 26th August 1940 Download PDF (1.55 MB)
30 AGRICULTURAL PRICES. Extract from conclusions of meeting of Food Policy Committee held 22.8.40. Revised Schedule of Agricultural Prices 1940/41 as proposed in the Memo. by Minister of Food (F.P.(M)(40)123). (Annex I). Fat Cattle Prices. (Annex II) 23rd August 1940 Download PDF (2.54 MB)
31 WAR TIME INSOLVENCY. Memo. by Attorney General 27th August 1940 Download PDF (1.74 MB)
32 COPPER. Report by Chairman of the Production and Materials Priority Committee. Supply and Requirements position. Elimination of Non-Essential Home Uses of 2nd September 1940 Download PDF (1.56 MB)
33 BRICKLAYERS. SUPPLY OF: Note by Secy., covering letter, with enclosures, dated 15.8.40 from Minister of Labour 5th September 1940 Download PDF (1.94 MB)
34 WAR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. COMPENSATION FOR: Memo. by Chancellor of the Exchequer. Draft Heads of Scheme for Immovable Property. (Appendix) 24th September 1940 Download PDF (2.46 MB)
35 WAR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. COMPENSATION FOR: Note by Lord Privy Seal 26th September 1940 Download PDF (1.39 MB)
36 HOUSEHOLD MEANS TEST. Memo. by Mr. G.T. Reid, Secretary, Assistance Board 16th October 1940 Download PDF (2.46 MB)
37 UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE. ALTERNATIVE SCHEME FOR: Note by Mr. G.T. Reid, Secretary, Assistance Board. Scope. Basis of allowances. Determination of need and assessment of needs. The scale. Resources. Rent. Treatment of capital assets. Discretion 16th October 1940 Download PDF (2.32 MB)
38 UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE. ALTERNATIVE SCHEME FOR: Note by Sir James Price 17th October 1940 Download PDF (1.19 MB)
39 UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE BOARD. REPORT FOR YEAR 1937. Note by Secy 16th October 1940 Download PDF (48.23 MB)
40 WAREHOUSING. Note by Lord President of the covering Report by Treasury Investigating Officers. Present Position. Vulnerability. Increased turnover at the port. Increasing stock. Availability and utilization of accommodation. Machinery for dealing with warehouse accommodation. Recommendation 28th October 1940 Download PDF (2.13 MB)
41 HOUSEHOLD MEANS TEST. COMPLAINTS AGAINST: Note by Minister of Labour and National Service 22nd October 1940 Download PDF (1.39 MB)
42 HOUSEHOLD MEANS TEST. COMPLAINST AGAINST, IN CONNECTION WITH SUPPLEMENTARY PENSIONS. Note by Minister of Health and S/S Scotland 27th October 1940 Download PDF (1.17 MB)
43 HOUSEHOLD MEANS TEST. Note by Chancellor of the Exchequer 19th October 1940 Download PDF (1.45 MB)
44 REVISED COMPOSITION OF THE COMMITTEE. Note by Secy 23rd October 1940 Download PDF (1.07 MB)
45 UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE. ALTERNATIVE SCHEME FOR: Memo. by Chancellor of the Exchequer covering Memo 31st October 1940 Download PDF (2.19 MB)
46 EVACUATED AND PROTECTED AREAS. ECONOMIC POSITION IN: Memo. by Attorney-General covering Report by the Sub-Committee on Civil Liabilities 6th November 1940 Download PDF (10.72 MB)
47 THE MEANS TEST. Draft of statement to be made by Prime Minister in the House, circulated by Chancellor of the Exchequer 5th November 1940 Download PDF (1.28 MB)
48 STATISTICAL DIGEST SERIES B. Note by Secy 6th November 1940 Download PDF (11.46 MB)
49 WAREHOUSING. Memo. by Minister without Portfolio 7th November 1940 Download PDF (1.49 MB)
50 LIVERPOOL. PORT AND TRANSPORT DIFFICULTIES AT: Note by Minister without Portfolio covering Report of an enquiry carried out under the instructions of the Minister without Portfolio Purpose of the enquiry. Transport to and from Port. Shipping position. Damage to Port from Enemy Action. Pre-entry Regulations. Labour. Recommendations. List of persons and bodies interviewed 14th November 1940 Download PDF (4.69 MB)
51 THOMAS COOK & SON, LTD. PROPOSAL FOR REPATRIATING CONTROL OF: Memo. by Chancellor of the Exchequer 19th November 1940 Download PDF (1.47 MB)
52 THE MEANS TEST. Letter, dated 20.11.40, from Sir Percy Harris to Lord Privy Seal 22th November 1940 Download PDF (1.41 MB)
53 INTERNAL TRANSPORT. ARRANGEMENTS MADE BY ECONOMIC POLICY COMMITTEE TO MAINTAIN A CONTINUOUS SURVEY OF THE PROBLEM OF: Note by Minister without Portfolio circulating extract from Draft Minutes of E.P. (M) (40) 20th Meeting 22nd November 1940 Download PDF (3.31 MB)
54 HOUSEHOLD MEANS TEST. Observations by the Assistance Board 28th November 1940 Download PDF (3.41 MB)
55 WAREHOUSING. REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON: Main types of storage accommodation. Present storage organisation. Weaknesses of present arrangements. Need for central control of storage. Labour and transport 5th December 1940 Download PDF (4.39 MB)
56 DETERMINATION OF NEEDS BILL. Memo. by Chancellor of the Exchequer. Provisions relating to War Savings and to winding up of the Unemployment Assistance Fund. Note prepared in the Treasury, Draft of Bill attached 9th December 1940 Download PDF (3.13 MB)
57 FACTORIES AND WAREHOUSES. PLAN FOR CONTROL. Memo. by President of the Board of Trade 12th December 1940 Download PDF (1.77 MB)
58 DETERMINATION OF NEEDS BILL. APPLICATION OF BILL TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. Joint Memo. by S/S Scotland and Minister of Health 12th December 1940 Download PDF (2.15 MB)
59 INLAND SORTING DEPOTS. PROVISION OF: Memo. by Minister of Transport 16th December 1940 Download PDF (1.47 MB)
60 FACTORY AND STORAGE SPACE. Memo. by Chairman circulating draft report 19th December 1940 Download PDF (2.10 MB)
61 FACTORY AND WAREHOUSE PREMISES. Joint Memo. by President, Board of Trade, and Minister of Works and Buildings. Requisitioning powers. Register of Factory and Warehouse Accommodation 19th December 1940 Download PDF (2.08 MB)
62 FACTORIES. DISPERSAL OF: Memo. by Minister of Supply 24th December 1940 Download PDF (1.11 MB)
1 STATISTICS BEARING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR WAR EFFORT. Statistical digest Series A., No. 3 29th August 1940 Download PDF (3.42 MB)
1A STATISTICS BEARING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR WAR EFFORT. Note by Minister without Portfolio 29th August 1940 Download PDF (2.18 MB)
2 STATISTICS BEARING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR WAR EFFORT. Statistical digest Series A., No. 4 30th September 1940 Download PDF (4.62 MB)
2A STATISTICS BEARING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR WAR EFFORT, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER, 1940. Note by Minister without Portfolio 30th September 1940 Download PDF (2.29 MB)
3 STATISTICAL DIGEST A., No. 5 31th October 1940 Download PDF (4.43 MB)
3A STATISTICS BEARING ON THE SCALE OF OUR WAR EFFORT. Note by Minister without Portfolio 31st October 1940 Download PDF (1.92 MB)
4 STATISTICAL DIGEST SERIES A., No. 6 30th November 1940 Download PDF (4.87 MB)
4A SCALE OF OUR WAR EFFORT IN PERIOD OCTOBER-NOVEMBER, 1940. Note by Minister without Portfolio. War Equipment. Production of: Production, consumption and stocks of essential commodities. Labour. Prices and wages. Foreign trade 4th December 1940 Download PDF (2.23 MB)
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