B.B.C. Talks Department
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A series of talks and discussions to analyze the nature of Britain's economic problems and to suggest ways of thinking and action.
Talks: BRITAIN'S CRISIS - THE CHALLENGE TO ACTION
by Graham Hutton - Wednesdays 9.15 - 9-30 p.m.
Discussions: BRITAIN'S CRISIS - WAYS AND MEANS
Under the Chairmanship of Sir George Schuster -
Thursdays 9.15 - 10.00 p.m.
I. May 7th Talk
What crisis? Is it just an economic crisis? What is the full nature of the problem? To state economic targets is not all if it. The problem touches all branches of national and individual life, mental and material, and must be solved in all of them. Simple statement of economic facts: 48 million people need more production to keep them alive.
What do we mean by asking for more output and more work?
Do we mean more work or better work?
May 8th Discussion
Is it just a question of working harder?
Sir George Schuster (Chairman)
Sir Norman Kipping (Director General of the F.B.I.)
Lewis Ord (Expert in American and British Production methods)
George Woodcock (Assistant General Secretary of the T.U.C.)
II May 4th Talk
Our changed economy.
General summary of shortages - backlog of war, loss of foreign investments - our new status of debtor instead of creditor.
What being a debtor nation means: how do the emphases of our economy shift as a result? The bases are exports, fuel and manpower. What we have got to produce to maintain our present drab standard of living.
May 15th Discussion
What standards can we afford?
Can we afford increased public services? Must we change our national way of life?
III May 21st Talk
Reserves of energy. The resources we have to juggle with.
Fuel, electricity, power = material limits
Manpower however distributed = human limits
It's no good having too much manpower and not enough fuel power