Reversing Direction: The 1953 Act

  • Michael R. Bonavia


The general election of 23 February 1950, although again returning a Labour government, reduced its overall majority to seven, which obviously killed any further plans for the socialisation of industries. A period of uncertainty in the Ministry of Transport followed, which had an inhibiting effect upon the BTC and its Executives.


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Notes and References

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    Ibid. p. 86.Google Scholar
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    The Hon J. S. Maclay, CH, CMG, PC was born in 1905. The son of Lord Maclay, he was later (1964) to be raised to the peerage as Viscount Muirshield. He was educated at Winchester and Trinity College, Cambridge and was a prominent Scottish shipowner. He became National Liberal and Conservative MP for Montrose Burghs, 1940–50 and for Renfrewshire West, 1950–64. In 1945 he was for a time Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport.Google Scholar
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    BTC S201-4-2A.Google Scholar
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    BTC AR 1952, p. 1.Google Scholar
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    Sir Harold Simcox Kent, In on the Act (London, 1979) p. 237.Google Scholar
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    PRO MT 62/144.Google Scholar
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    Alan Tindall Lennox-Boyd (later Viscount Boyd of Merton (created 1960) KG, CB, CMG, FRS) was born 1904 and educated at Sherborne and Christ Church, Oxford. He was MP for Mid-Beds, 1931–60 and Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Labour, 1938–39; of the Ministry of Food, 1939–40. Called to the Bar, 1941. He served with the RNVR, 1940–43. In 1943 he became Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Aircraft Production, until 1945. He was Minister of State for Colonial Affairs, 1951–52, Minister of Transport, 1952–53, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, 1953–54.Google Scholar
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    BTC S201–4–2A.Google Scholar
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    Hansard, H/C, 21 May 1952, Col. 531.Google Scholar
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    BTC S.201-4-2A.Google Scholar
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    PRO MT 62/144.Google Scholar
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    Sir Malcolm Trustram Eve; Bt (1943), GBE (1950) MC, TD, QC (later Baron Silsoe) was born 1894 and educated at Winchester and Christ Church, Oxford. He was called to the Bar in 1919. He commanded the 6th battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers (TA), 1927–31. He was promoted Brigadier in 1940 and commanded the Royal Welch Brigade, 1940–45. In 1941 he became Chairman of the War Damage Commission and in 1945 of the Local Boundary Commission. He held a large number of other public, educational and charitable offices.Google Scholar
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    (Sir) (Stanley) Paul Chambers, CIE 1941, CB 1944, BComm, MSc, was born in 1904 and educated at City of London College and the London School of Economics. He served in the Inland Revenue and became an Income Tax specialist. He was Income Tax Adviser to the Government of India, 1937–40, Secretary and a Commissioner of the Board of Inland Revenue, 1941–47, becoming a director of ICI Ltd in 1947 and Deputy Chairman in 1952.Google Scholar
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    General Sir Brian Robertson, Bart (later Baron Robertson of Oakridge) was born 1896, son of Field-Marshal Sir William Robertson. He served in the First World War, 1914–19 (DSO and MC). He retired from the Army, becoming Managing Director, Dunlop South Africa Ltd, in 1935. He rejoined the Army in the Second World War and became Chief Administrative Officer to the Commander-in-Chief, Italy, 1944–45; Deputy Military Governor, Control Commission for Germany, 1945–47; Commander-in-Chief and Military Governor, Germany 1947–49; UK High Commissioner, Allied High Commission, Germany, 1949–50; Commander-in-Chief, Middle East Forces, 1950–53. He was promoted Lieutenant-General 1946; General 1947; CB 1943; GBE, 1949; KCMG, 1947; KCVO, 1944.Google Scholar

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