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Planning and ProfitsBritish Naval Armaments Manufacture and the Military Industrial Complex, 1918-1941$
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Christopher Miller

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940667

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940667.001.0001

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The Minister for Coordination of Defence and Early Rearmament, 1936–1937

The Minister for Coordination of Defence and Early Rearmament, 1936–1937

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(p.175) Chapter Nine The Minister for Coordination of Defence and Early Rearmament, 1936–1937
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Planning and Profits
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Christopher W. Miller

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940667.003.0009

This chapter looks at the appointment of a minister to oversee defence planning (Thomas Inskip), but mainly focuses on the lack of progress in 1936 and how this was allowed to occur. The work of Lord Weir – perhaps the most influential civilian adviser in the government – and the bottlenecks in construction he sought to alleviate are discussed. Finally, the role of the Royal Commission on the Private Manufacture of Armaments, which was effectively derailed despite enormous public interest in removing private profit from warfare, is examined.

Keywords:   Thomas Inskip, Lord Weir, Rearmament, Royal Commission on the Private Manufacture of Armaments

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