GREAT BRITAIN: Beveridge Proposes

White-thatched, idealistic Sir William Henry Beveridge* is one of those Englishmen who believe that post-war reconstruction must go hand in hand with basic social reforms. This belief, voiced in many public utterances, he bases on a lifetime spent in the study of economics and years of experience with social problems. Contemptuous of crackpot Utopias, he backs his statements up with figures, for which he has an abiding passion.

Since June 1941, when he was appointed chairman of a Parliamentary committee to survey existing schemes of social insurance and allied services, he has put his ideas in a 100,000-word document, which...

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