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Webb, Sidney, 1859-1947. Great Britain after the war - Image 29. 1916. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 20, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2338/show/2282.

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Webb, Sidney, 1859-1947. (1916). Great Britain after the war - Image 29. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2338/show/2282

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Title Great Britain after the war
Alternative Title Great Britain after the war, by Sidney Webb and Arnold Freeman; being facts and figures, quotations and queries, suggestions and forecasts, designed to help individual inquirers and study circles in considering what will happen after war with regard to trade, employment, wages, prices, trade unionism, co-operation, women's labour, foreign commerce, the railways, the coal supply, education, taxation, etc. Dedicated to the Workers' educational association
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Webb, Sidney, 1859-1947
Publisher G. Allen and Unwin
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • London
Date 1916
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Economic policy
  • Economics
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • United Kingdom
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Extent 80 pages; 22 cm.
Original Item Location HC256.2.P27
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8302906~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Transcript GREAT BRITAIN AFTER THE WAR. 27 G.—State Action. " The most difficult of all the problems which the Government is called upon to solve is that connected with the regulation of prices. Economically speaking, society is bound together by the price-link. Labour and land are directed to various uses, and capital as well as commodities are produced and distributed in response to the call of prices : and experience teaches that attempts to produce artificial variations of prices are apt to produce unlooked-for and harmful reactions which frequently nullify the object which the regulations seek to attain." (Mr. W. T. Lay ton, in "Political Quarterly," May, 1915, p. 72.) Generally speaking, we may say that unless it can control Production the power of a Government to control Prices is very limited. (Compare the experience of the Co-operators.) (a) Can the Government fix Maximum Prices? How far was the failure to fix maximum prices for food and for coal due to the Government's feeble handling? How far to economic forces? Will the supply inevitably fall short when a price is fixed below what the state of the market would create ? (b) Can the Government bring prices down by controlling export? (Note the prohibition for this and other reasons of the export of raw wool and coal and confectionery during the war. What would be the effects of th6 re-imposition of an export duty on coal?) (c) What would be the effect upon the prices of necessaries of a greatly reduced consumption of drink, tobacco and other luxuries? (This might be brought about either by increased taxation or by " self-denial.") (d) In what ways would the nationalisation of the mercantile marine or of railways make wages go further? (e) Would State Ownership of coal mines mean cheaper coal? (f) Can the Government continue to stereotype working- class rents after the war? Can it reduce commercial rents by entering upon a comprehensive housing scheme of its own? (g) Could the State or Municipal development of dairy- farming and market gardening reduce the prices of butter, cheese, eggs, milk and vegetables? (Note Co-operative experience.) cl