1941 Committee

Home Front Activities: 1941 Committee

During the Second World War the British government was constantly monitoring the success of its various policies concerning the Home Front. The government was also aware of the possibility that it might be necessary to introduce legislation to deal with any emerging problems.

It is December 1941. You have been asked to write a report on the 1941 Committee . This is to be divided into two sections.

Primary Sources

(1) A report on the 1941 Committee during the war.

Things you should consider include:

(a) Who was the main figure behind the 1941 Committee?

(b) According to Tom Hopkinson, why was the 1941 Committee formed?

(c) What did the 1941 Committee argue for in the report published in December 1941?

(2) A report that includes proposals about the changes that you would like to see in government policy. These proposals will then be discussed and voted on by the rest of the class.

Things you should consider include:

(a) Why did the government become concerned about the activities of the 1941 Committee?

(b) Do you think the government should ban the 1941 Committee?