Beveridge report on social services

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Beveridge report on social services

It was announced in Cabinet on 26 November 1942 that the Beveridge Report was to be published. The Report would go to Committee and then Cabinet but there would be no debate before February.  On 15 February the Cabinet discussed what should be said in the debate on the question of whether legislation to give effect to the Beveridge Plan should be introduced during that Parliament.  It was pointed out that if they were to be ready to deal with post-war problems they would need to start planning to do so. 

The Cabinet agreed that the Government should not be committed to introducing legislation for the reform of social services during the war but there should be no negative commitment debarring the present Government from introducing such legislation.

P.M. 

Impossibility of foreseeing international situation after the war.

S/Doms. 

You can´t make plans even w´out reachg. some decisions.

P.M.  

No promises – no commitments – every conceivable preparation.

W.M.(43)29th Meeting held on 15 February 1943