the Shipbuilding Committee and the Shipbuilding Advisory Committee. If the various criticisms cited in the conclusion of this essay concerning industrial self government and the business in government system are correct it also seems incumbent to point out that such a system was of an earlier origin. One of the most interesting aspects of the industry was the longevity of the personnel. A substantial number of those individuals who were responsible for control during and after the Second World War had been involved in the business in government system of the First World War and the self government and rationalisation process of the inter-war period. Whether this represented tapping the best available expertise with respect to the industry or was an encouragement, in Balogh's phrase, to 'sluggish vegetation' is an open question but it does seem unlikely that men with the clear political stamp of Cunningham and Lithgow would ever be sympathetic to state intervention, particularly from a Labour government.
The appendix provides details of the pre-war and wartime careers of the membership of the Shipbuilding Committee.
|Sir Cyril Hurcomb|| Ministry of Shipping, 1915-18; Permanent|
Secretary, Ministry of Transport, 1927-37;
Director General, Ministry of Shipping,
1939-41 and Director General, Ministry of
War Transport, 1941-7.
|Representing the First Lord of the Admiralty|
|Sir James Lithgow|| Chairman of Lithgow's Group; Director of|
Shipbuilding Production, 1917; President
of the Clyde Shipbuilders Association,
1908; the Shipbuilder's Employers'
Federation, 1922; The British Employers'
Federation, 1924 and the Federation of
British Industries, 1930-2. Member of the
Board of the Admiralty and Controller of
Merchant Shipbuilding and Repairs,
|E. A. Seal|| Board of the Admiralty since 1925; PPS to|
the First Lord, 1938-40; PPS to the Prime
Minister, 1940-1; Deputy Secretary of the
Admiralty, 1941-3 and Under Secretary of
the Admiralty, 1943-5.