Beveridge Report (Army Bureau of Current Affairs)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons on 2nd March 1943.

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Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is now his intention to include the subject of the Beveridge Report on Social Insurance and Allied Services in the syllabus of the Army Bureau of Current Affairs together with the OFFICIAL REPORT of the Debate in Parliament on this scheme?

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

asked the Secretary of State for War how soon he anticipates that the revised version of the Army Bureau of Current Affairs Beveridge bulletin will be distributed; whether it will contain an objective summary of the original Beveridge proposals as well as a statement of the Government's intentions; and whether copies of it will be placed in the Library so that hon. Members may have the opportunity of comparing it with the former version?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

At the moment I have nothing to add to the reply I gave last Tuesday to my hon. Friend the Member for East Birkenhead (Mr. Graham White).

Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

In view of the fact that Sir William Beveridge was invited by the Government to send in a Report, will the right hon. Gentleman consider inviting him to give talks to those in the Army Department who are responsible for A.B.C.A.? Can he say whether this will also apply to the Beveridge talks to the troops overseas?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

The hon. Member had better put that Question on the Paper.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

Is it not possible for the right hon. Gentleman at least to answer the last part of Question 24?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I have learned since the hon. Member raised the question about this particular issue of "Current Affairs" that from the beginning issues of "Current Affairs" have been placed in the Library of the House.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Will the Minister consider sending the Tory opponents of the Beveridge plan to visit the camps so that soldiers can see what they are up against?

Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

When does the right hon. Gentleman think he will be in a position to make a statement?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

As soon as I possibly can.