The Government and Misgovernment of London

The Government and Misgovernment of London

The Government and Misgovernment of London

The Government and Misgovernment of London

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In preparing a second edition for the press I have corrected a few errors which inadvertently appeared in the first edition and to which readers kindly drew my attention. My thanks are due to them for doing so.

I have brought the book up to date in regard to local government finance (pages 458-9), election returns (pages 171-2, 350-1) and civil aerodromes (page 412). Apart from these and a few other matters I have left the factual basis of the work untouched, and have made no attempt to substitute later figures. To do so would have been a lengthy and indeed impossible task, for in regard to many aspects of London Government no very recent information is available. In any event it would have been a waste of time, for the general picture of London Government which I drew has not been substantially modified by changes which have occurred since 1939.

The most important new developments in regard to the Metropolis consist, first, of the publication of the Barlow Commission's Report and the changes in government policy and public opinion which it produced; and, in the second place, of the creation of the City, London County, and Greater London Plans, Chapter XIII of Part III, which I wrote when the Barlow Commission was still sitting, has been revised and enlarged to enable me to discuss the Reports of the Commission. I have added an Epilogue, which reviews all the main events which have occurred since 1939 affecting the Metropolis, both in regard to planning and local government. By this means I have been able to bring the book up to date without introducing innumerable amendments of minor details which in themselves would be of slight value.

I am indebted to Mr. J. R. Howard Roberts, Clerk of the London County Council, Mr. A. Wood, the Comptroller of the Council, and other officers at London County Hall for kindly helping me with information. I wish to thank Mr.

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