By Sir Alec Cairncross
A suite of Sir Alec Cairncross' most vital contributions to the industrial historical past of the post-1939 interval, fiscal rules and govt coverage demonstrates a prepared perception into the altering function of the economist and the transformation of the industrial panorama. reading the broader view and long term concerns thinking about post-1945 economics, the textual content contains a evaluation of a few of the industrial principles that experience motivated the British govt because the struggle.
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The engine was not only the controlling element in the aircraft programme but kept disturbing the programme for many other items. Aircraft development itself is largely a matter of increasing engine thrust. But with piston engines, increased thrust dictated changes in other components, not just engine accessories. First there had to be a propellor capable of taking up the extra power, and this usually meant longer blades. This in turn meant that the aircraft had to stand higher off the ground, so a new undercarriage might be required.
It remained true throughout the war that we could never count on being told what we needed to know or on being consulted on matters affecting the programmes we issued. We were often not informed of proposed amendments until late in the day after advice had been first sought elsewhere in the Ministry—sometimes in quite inappropriate places. Few people from the Minister downwards were at all systematic in turning for advice to the official whose job it was to offer it. IV Of all our tasks, the most fundamental was the issue of production programmes for aircraft and aircraft components.
By the end of 1940 this had a staff of seventeen of whom six, including Campion and Dick Stone, moved out to the CSO at the end of the year and one, Harold Wilson, was 37 WARTIME AND AFTER not formally a member of the Economic Section. The other ten included Jewkes and Robinson, Robbins and Meade, Evan Durbin23 and Norman Chester24 (the one non-economist) and four younger economists, of whom Ely Devons25 was much the ablest. What exactly did the Economic Section do? It spent a good deal of time in 1940 assembling economic statistics in a series of secret monthly digests— Series A, B, C, etc.
Economic Ideas and Government Policy: Contributions to Contemporary Economic History by Sir Alec Cairncross