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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleVeale, Sir Douglas
Ref No8SUF/B/059
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 14
Date14 Jan 1969
Extent43:50 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Sir Douglas Veale
DescriptionInterview took place at Brian Harrison's flat in Juxon Street, Oxford. Also see interviews 8SUF/B/060 and 8SUF/B/061.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins: Praises Neville Chamberlain's achievements in social reform in the 1920s. Veale was his Private Secretary as Minister of Health in the 1920s. Method of persuading Cabinet to deal with non-vote-catching matters. Chamberlain's agenda for reform and creation of a policy. Chamberlain not opposed to nationalisation. Comparison of Peel and Chamberlain. The function of public service. Chamberlain's policy on local government. Chamberlain's home life and relationship with family. His wife and her support. Chamberlain's working hours and role models. Veale's career in the Civil Service. How Veale got the job of being Neville Chamberlain's PPS.

15:00 mins: Chamberlain's relationship with other Ministers. Reform of the Rent Acts, Chamberlain's Housing Policy and post-1918 housing problem. Chamberlain forward-looking. The Widows' Pension Bill. Chamberlain's work and ability to find solutions. Large Department of Ministry of Health and Local Government. Chamberlain's relationship with the House. Presentation of Local Government Bill. Labour Party's opposition. Abolition of Board of Guardians. Relationship with Labour Party. Veale's work.

30:00 mins: George Lansbury and Chamberlain. Chamberlain's social approach to MPs and his ability to relax. His dislike of party politics and his success as an administrator. Veale's role. His relations with his civil servants. Sir Arthur Robinson, Sir George Newman, Francis, Brock. His outlook on the poor law, and corruption in local government. Chamberlain's autocratic methods of controlling committees and handling deputations.
Related Record8SUF/B/061
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 18
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