The Search for a Compromise Solution, 1920–24

  • G. A. H. Gordon
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The Contracts Coordinating Committee (CCC) which met within a week of the Cabinet decision, was governed by terms of reference not substantially less ambitious than those of the abandoned Ministry of Supply. It is noteworthy that the essence, if not the dimensions, of the procurement equation was understood by all three Services right from the start. The Directors of Contracts were: (i) to view comprehensively markets and sources of supply and maintain up-to-date information as to national capacities; (ii) to allocate the productive resources of government-owned and private factories against the war-expansion hypotheses of the Armed Forces; (iii) to coordinate methods of purchase and contract policies; and (iv) to develop contract mobilisation arrangements which could be triggered in time of war.1 They were thoughtfully provided with the telephone numbers of their opposites in the other Services.


Contract Policy Compromise Solution National Capacity Private Factory Eventual Retirement 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    Memo 28 January 1921 on CCC in file on ‘Supply of Munitions and Armaments in a Future War’, CAB 15/20.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    134th CID, 14 December 1920, CAB 2/3.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    26 January 1921, ‘Supply of Munitions etc’, CAB 15/20.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    142nd CID, 17 June 1921, CAB 2/3.Google Scholar
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    ‘Supply of Munitions etc’, CAB 15/20.Google Scholar
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    ‘Supply of Munitions etc’ (Hankey) CAB 15/20.Google Scholar
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    William Douglas Weir; Baron, 1918; 1st Viscount of Eastwood, Renfrewshire, 1938.Google Scholar
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    Commissioner of Works, 1916–21; Minister of Health, 1921–2.Google Scholar
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    F. R. Johnson, Defence by Committee (Oxford, 1960) p. 181.Google Scholar
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    See Chapter 5.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    564th War Cabinet, 8 May 1919, CAB 23/10.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    W. J. Reader, Architect of Air Power (1968) p. 191.Google Scholar
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    Johnson, Defence by Committee, p. 167.Google Scholar
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    2 March 1923, ‘Supply of Munitions etc’, CAB 15/20.Google Scholar
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    170th CID CAB 2/3.Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Munitions, 1916–18; Minister of Blockade, 1918; Secretary of State for War, 1921–2; Postmaster-General, 1923–4.Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Report of ‘Production of Warlike Stores Sub-Committee’, 18 December 1923, CAB 16/51 (also CID Paper 471-B).Google Scholar

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