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BEVERIDGE, William Henry, 1879-1963, 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggal, economist: Coal Crisis Papers


Reference code(s): GB 0097 COLL MISC 0006

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: BEVERIDGE, William Henry, 1879-1963, 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggal, economist: Coal Crisis Papers

Date(s): 1919-1921

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 3 volumes

Name of creator(s): Beveridge | William Henry | 1879-1963 | 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggal | economist


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Beveridge, 1879-1963: William Beveridge was educated at Charterhouse and Balliol College, Oxford. He was sub-warden of Toynbee Hall 1903-1905, and leader-writer on "social problems" for the "Morning Post" 1906-1908. From 1905 to 1908 Beveridge was a member of the Central (Unemployed) Body for London, and was also the first Chairman of the Employment Exchanges Committee. He was a member of the Board of Trade 1908-1916 and Director of Labour Exchanges 1909-1916. During World War I he was Assistant General Secretary of the Ministry of Munitions (1915 - 1916) and Second Secretary in the Ministry of Food (1916-1918). In 1919 Beveridge became Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Food. In the same year he was knighted. He then retired from the civil service and was appointed director of the London School of Economics (1919-1937). He then moved on to be Master of University College, Oxford (1937-1944). During World War II he was Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Labour (1940) and was Chairman of the Social Service Inquiry (1941-1942) he produced "Social Insurance and Allied Services", a report prepared for government which proposed a social system "from the cradle to the grave" for British citizens. This report became known as the "Beveridge Report" and became the blueprint for the welfare-state legislation of 1944-1948. Beveridge was Liberal MP for Berwick on Tweed 1944-1945, and was made 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggal in 1946.
His publications include: Unemployment: A problem of industry (1909); Prices and Wages in England from the Twelfth to the Nineteenth Century (1939); Social Insurance and Allied Services (1942) (Beveridge Report); Full Employment in a Free Society (1944); The Economics of Full Employment (1944); Report on the Methods of Social Advance (1948); Voluntary Action (1948); A Defence of Free Learning (1959).


Scope and content/abstract:

Three bound volumes relating to problems in the coal industry, containing:
Vol. 1 Printed and stencilled pamphlets and memoranda.
Vol. 2 Miscellaneous letters.
Vol. 3 Press cuttings from The Times 8 Apr 1921-19 May 1921.


Language/scripts of material: English

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Three volumes

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Archivist's note: Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on May 8, 2002

Date(s) of descriptions: 8 May 2002; revised 20 May 2002

Coal mining | Mining
Strikes | Labour disputes | Labour relations

Personal names
Beveridge | William Henry | 1879-1963 | 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggall | economist x Beveridge of Tuggall | 1st Baron

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