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0PM last week got a new Supply Priorities & Allocations Board, but, more important to the muddled state of priorities, a clean-sweeping new order, aptly called Priorities Regulation No. 1, was issued.

Regulation No. 1, announced by Ed Stettinius the day his powers were taken over by SPAB, should have been the first rule of priorities long ago. It provides the framework for a real, working system of control by: 1) requiring manufacturers to accept defense orders no matter how busy and prosperous they are with civilian work, 2) prohibiting accumulation of inventories beyond normal levels.

For enforcement, it requires manufacturers to...

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