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Telecommunications in Britain: Switching Direction

Telecommunications in Britain: Switching Direction

CPS - Media & Technology

This study was undertaken at the suggestion of the Department of Industry. Its purpose is to consider the implications for government policy which are raised by the British Telecommunications Act of 1981. For this act has given the UK a unique telecommunications framework.

The Truth about Transport

The Truth about Transport

Angus Dalgleish - General

For a clear understanding of the present situation as regards transport in this country it is necessary to have some knowledge of the historical background. Until the 18th century overland movement was by the common roads which had developed from medieval packhorse trails between villages. The alignments of these had been adjusted over the years to take advantage of dry ground and to avoid the worst sloughs.

The Right to Learn: A Conservative Approach to Education

The Right to Learn: A Conservative Approach to Education

CPS - Public Services

Any document designed to serve as the basis for discussion of Conservative Party education policy for the mod eighties is unavoidably faced by inherent stumbling-blocks, dating from a long time back.

Against Import Controls

Against Import Controls

Tim Congdon - General

The Prolonged world-wide depression in which we are living is a symptom of profound economic, social nd political change, presenting a challenge of survival and growth to us all.

British Leyland: A Viable Future?

British Leyland: A Viable Future?

Elizabeth Cottrell M.A., Ph.D.and Keith Boyfield B.Sc. (Econ) - General

An all-out strike and consequent break-up of BL have just been averted. But this closely argued and thoroughly documented study suggests that so long as BL exists as a single state-owned entity, subject to cross subsidisation, the weaknesses which have made it a burden for the economy and a focus of political contention will remain irremediable.

Crisis in the Sixth Form

Crisis in the Sixth Form

Fred Naylor -

Increasingly Education Authorities are finding their sixth-forms are not viable.

The Inner London Education Authority: A Case for Reform

The Inner London Education Authority: A Case for Reform

Frederick Naylor and Laurence Norcross - Public Services

The Inner London Education Authority was set under the London Government Act of 1963. Although it is a “special committee” of the Greater London Council, in practice it is autonomous. Its only contact with the GLC is to inform it once a year what sum to include it in the Money Bull to meet estimated capital expenditure, and to advise on the size of the levy to be raised from inner London boroughs to meet estimated expenditure.

Second thoughts on regional Policy

Second thoughts on regional Policy

Graham Hallett - General

To read a book which begins ‘The first sound in the morning was the clumping of the mill-girls’ clogs down the cobbled street’ and then goes on to complain about unemptied chamber pots, is to evoke a vanished world.

The Economic Adviser's Role: Scope and Limitations

The Economic Adviser's Role: Scope and Limitations

Alan Walters - Economy

There is not much mystery to the job description for an economic adviser. He is expected to give advice on economic matters. But most job descriptions it conceals more than it reveals. Unlike the Emperor, the economist does have clothes of sorts – although views differ as to whether the garb is that of a dunce, a fool or an undertaker.

The Giant with Feet of Clay: The British Steel Industry 1945-1981

The Giant with Feet of Clay: The British Steel Industry 1945-1981

Elizabeth Cottrell - Economy

The history of the British steel industry over the last 35 years is a chronicle of industrial activity being hindered by government interference. The industry has been subject to two nationalisations with all their consequent upheaval.

Value for Money Audits

Value for Money Audits

John Hatch and John Redwood - Economy

In March 1978 the government White Paper on the nationalised industries outlined their significance to the economy in the following terms.

Give the Picketing code the sanction of Law

Give the Picketing code the sanction of Law

CPS - General

The following proposals are extracted from a Report on Trade Union Reform which is to be issued in October. They are published as a contribution to a debate of considerable public interest and are being submitted to Mr. James Prior, Secretary of State for Employment, in response to his request for views on the contents of his draft code of Practice for Picketing.

National Enteprise Board: A Case for Euthanasia

National Enteprise Board: A Case for Euthanasia

Michael Grylls MP and John Redwood - General

To the socialist mind a State holding company is both natural and a necessary concept. Since individual acts of nationalisation need both a Parliamentary majority and parliamentary time, it is the simpler route to control of the ‘commanding heights’ of the economy. Better still, once there is a State company it gathers its own momentum and supporters whichever party rules at Westminster.

The Litmus Papers: A National Health Dis-Service

The Litmus Papers: A National Health Dis-Service

CPS - Public Services

For the radical reforms that are long overdue in the NHS to be expected and welcomed by the public, better understanding of its defects is a first essential.

Evidence Presented into the Value of Pensions

Evidence Presented into the Value of Pensions

CPS - Public Services

Widespread public concern at the economics and equity of the index-linked pensions and terminal gratitude’s granted to civil servants and other categories of public employees found expression in the Prime Minister’s recent appointment of an independent inquiry into the real cost to the taxpayer of these pensions.