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Report on the government of King Edward’s School, Witley, by Gerald Coke, treasurer

The report is accompanied by three annexes, as follows: (A) ‘Proposals for the Government of Bridewell Royal Hospital and King Edward’s School, Witley’; (B) a table comparing the composition of the present General Committee with the proposed School Governing Body; and (C) ‘Draft Clauses for Power to Invest in Equities’.

(Mechanical copies of typed originals.)

Letter from Sir Gilbert Laithwaite to Lord Pethick-Lawrence

Commonwealth Relations Office.—Pethick-Lawrence’s letter to Turnbull (see 2/279–80) has been passed on to him. Explains how changes proposed in the new Pensions (Increase) Bill will affect the pensions of persons formerly employed in India, Pakistan, and Burma.

Letter from Malcolm MacDonald to F. W. Pethick-Lawrence

Office of the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom, Ottawa.—Is glad Pethick-Lawrence is sympathetic to Miss Craigie’s film plan (probably Out of Chaos). ‘The only really black spot in the war situation … is the assault of flying bombs on London and the Southern Counties.’

Carbon copy of a letter from F. W. Pethick-Lawrence to Herbert Morrison

States his objections to double summer-time and to single summer-time in winter, and expresses the hope that these measures will not be continued after the war.



9th. March. 1943.

Dear Herbert,

I was glad to see that you said in the House that it was premature to make any statement with regard to the continuance of “Double Summer Time” after the war. I should like you to appreciate the feelings of a countryman with regard to both questions of “Double Summer Time” and the continuance of “Single Summer Time” through the Winter.

We get up about six o’clock every morning. That means under the present arrangements that we have been getting up in the dark for about five months and that those of us who breakfast about seven had to have it in the dark for about four months. Just as it will be getting light when we get up, down comes upon us “Double Summer Time” which means a further three weeks getting up in the dark.

“Single Summer Time” in the Winter also had the disadvantage that the frost is not off the ground until quite late in the morning, and neither garden nor field can be worked in the hours following on breakfast.

“Double Summer Time” means similarly, that at any rate in the month after it begins and the month before it ends, the fields and the garden are saturated with dew long after work on them should begin.

At the other end of the day there is of course more light, but we do not want to have the nicest working time of the day after supper in the evening and we do not want to have to go out and water the garden near the time when we go to bed, which is our first opportunity of so doing because up till then the sun is too powerful.

While the war is on we acquiesce in temporary changes which are we understand desired by industrialists, though many of them I am sure hate getting up in the dark as we do. But we hope the Home Office will refuse, after the war, to continue changes which are advocated partly by those late risers who never get up in the dark in any case, and who imagine that “Summer Time” and “Double Summer Time” add one extra to the hours of daylight.

Yours sincerely,

Rt. Hon. Herbert Morrison, M.P.,
Secretary of State for Home Affairs.
Home Office, Whitehall,

Carbon copy of a letter from Lord Pethick-Lawrence to Herbert Morrison

Urges that the Labour Party should make some advance before the election towards equal pay for women, and explains his motives for doing so.



24th. March, 1949.

Dear Herbert,

I see that the programme for the next general election is in draft and I write to you as a tactician to urge that either the Labour Government before the election or that the Labour Party in its programme should make some positive advance (even if only some small factual step) towards equal pay.

And please do not write off my suggestion as “Pethick’s King Charles Head” or worse still as “Pethick acting under pressure from his wife”. (She never seeks to influence my political actions and has not suggested that I should press this upon you or anyone else).

It is quite true that I believe the thing to be right. But I also believe very strongly that it is expedient. I have seen the havoc wrought on the Liberal party in days gone by when it refused to put its principles into practice with regard to women and attributed the agitation to a few cranks and intellectuals.

Of course I know the financial difficulties. But I see and thinking women see that the said financial difficulties have not prevented many increases in men’s wages where they unjustly lagged behind the wages of other men similarly employed; and they think (rightly in my opinion) that what is sauce for the gander should also be sauce for the goose.

Anyhow many of them are getting hot and bothered about it and their influence will count when the time comes unless something is done. Even if it only be that enthusiastic labour supporters are turned luke warm it will be a serious loss to our party.

It will be a disaster if we allow conservatives and liberals to steel† a march on us in this matter.

Ever yours sincerely,

Rt. Hon. Herbert Morrison, M.P.,
Lord President of the Council,
Privy Council Office,
Gt. George Street and Whitehall,


† Sic.

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