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Which Direction? Board Appointments in Nationalised Industries

Which Direction? Board Appointments in Nationalised Industries

CPS - General

Inadequate salaries and continued governmental intervention in the running of nationalised industries have actively discouraged able men from accepting senior management responsibility in the nationalised industries. The temptation to blame defective management and disruptive workforces for all the ills of nationalisation frequently disguises the fact that governments are at least equally responsible for the plight of ailing state industries.

BL: Changing Gear

BL: Changing Gear

CPS - General

Between 1975, when the Company became state-aided, and in January 1983, BL received £2,051m from the Government. Except for the loans from the NEB which were subsequently converted into equity and the stake in Wholesale Vehicle Finance Ltd. Neither interest nor dividend has been paid on this sum.

Personal and Portable Pensions – For All

Personal and Portable Pensions – For All

CPS - General

There should be a fundamental review of pension legislation to remove the penalty on changing jobs, to aid mobility and to link individuals more closely with the wealth represented by their pension fund.

Power to the People!

Power to the People!

Anthony Flew - Public Services

It is neither a new nor a difficult notion. Education vouchers, perhaps better called education allowances, are on old and simple suggestion. Yet it is a suggestion offering quite enormous promise. There is no doubt that today and in our country this idea is an idea whose time has come.

The case for the round reading room

The case for the round reading room

Hugh Thomas - Public Services

In this paper I argue that the nation would be best served by amending the present plans for a monumental new British library. My suggestion is that the Library should limit itself to carrying out a modified version of its first stage as announced by the then Secretary of State for Education and Science in March 1979, approved by the then Minister for the Arts in November 1980, and embarked upon in 1982.

The Inner London Education Authority after the Abolition of the Greater London Council

The Inner London Education Authority after the Abolition of the Greater London Council

John McIntosh, Frederick Naylor and Laurence Norcross - Public Services

In January 1981 two of the present authors wrote a report for the CPS, The Inner London Education Authority: A Case for Reform. In it they trace the development of the ILEA since it was set up under the London government act of 1963, looked at its composition and constitution, drew attention to a number of features which caused concern, concluded that there was need for reform and ended by putting forward recommendations.

The “Right to Strike” in a Free Society

The “Right to Strike” in a Free Society

CPS - General

The right of employees to withdraw their labour in an organised fashion was achieved slowly and it must be admitted, sometimes painfully during the nineteenth century and in the first years of this century. The background was one in which employees individually worked at great economic disadvantages vis-à-vis the employer and one in which some employers were willing to exploit their advantage.

What we ought to do about the Soviet Threat

What we ought to do about the Soviet Threat

CPS - Foreign Policy

The fundamental reason why the Soviet Union represents a permanent threat to the freedom of the British and other western peoples in the nature of the Soviet regime itself.

Worried to Death

Worried to Death

Teresa Gorman and Russell Lewis - General

After one of the greatest election triumphs in history, the Conservatives return to Government to attend, we hope, with renewed vigour to some important unfinished business.

Airports UK: A Policy for the UK’s Civil Airports

Airports UK: A Policy for the UK’s Civil Airports

Michael Colvin MP, Graham Bright MP and Christopher Thompson - General

This pamphlet offers a new analysis of the problems facing Britain’s airports system. It shows how state control has led to an inefficient use of resources with passenger capacity under pressure in the London area and in excess everywhere else. It explains how the British Airports Authority uses its monopoly position to raise charges to the airlines and their passengers to fund its development programme, including the costly proposals for expansion at Stanstead, and why no positive regional strategy has yet been produced.

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.