Britain's Industrial Future: Being the Report of the Liberal Industrial Inquiry

Britain's Industrial Future: Being the Report of the Liberal Industrial Inquiry

Britain's Industrial Future: Being the Report of the Liberal Industrial Inquiry

Britain's Industrial Future: Being the Report of the Liberal Industrial Inquiry

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It was felt by many of those who attended year by year the meetings of the Liberal Summer School that there was need for fresh investigation of the economic and social problems by which the nation is now faced, and for the formulation of a policy to deal with them, starting from the Liberal standpoint and aiming at the application of Liberal ideas. With these objects in view, the Summer School Committee, which was fortunate in securing the active co-operation of Mr. Lloyd George, took the initiative in getting together the men and women who have collaborated in this Inquiry. These include not only some of the leading members of the Liberal Party, but also business men, trade unionists and others, some of whom have no formal connection with it. The material of this Report has been prepared by special Committees dealing with various divisions of the wide field which has been under investigation, while a large number of persons qualified by their experience to speak with authority have given evidence, supplied information, written reports on British or foreign conditions, and assisted with advice and counsel.

For the final form in which the Report appears the Executive Committee is alone responsible. It will not be expected, when a Report such as this is presented, that every member of the Committee from which it emanates will concur in every detailed recommendation or consider himself bound by every phrase. Nor can our conclusions and recommendations be more than suggestions, offered for the consideration of the Liberal Party as a whole by the methods of its established procedure. But on the broad policy and the general proposals we are unanimous, and we trust that the measures we suggest, as the outcome of long considera-

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