REPORT ON THE BEVERIDGE PROPOSALS.
Our Committee was set up with the following terms of reference:-
"As members of the Conservative Party to analyse the merits of, and objections to, the main proposals and assumptions of the Beveridge Report."
1. We were asked to make a Report in a very short time on matters which are of the greatest importance to the future of this country, and though it has not been possible to give anything like the full consideration and examination which the subject demands, nevertheless we have held 11 meetings.
2. Sir William Beveridge's Report expresses the views of one man on a number of highly technical subjects, and although he had the advantage of the assistance of many eminent Civil Servants, the Report is his alone and does not contain, as is widely assumed, the recommendations of a well qualified expert Committee. There is no doubt, however, that the great publicity which the Report has received in the Press, on the platform and over the wireless has unfortunately led many people to assume that it represents Government policy and is likely to be carried into speedy effect as soon as the war is over. This does not make an approach to the problems any easier, since many hopes have been raised which it may not be possible to satisfy.
3. Sir William Beveridge asserts that there are five giants to conquer: Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness: and he purports to devote his Report to the relief of Want. There is much in the Report which is bound to commend itself to thoughtful people, and the country is under a great debt to the author for the way in which he has assembled in one document a great deal of material which is necessary for the study of the problem.