Minister of Labour makes stirring speech at public luncheon at Dorchester.
SLATE INFORMATION: There's No 'If' About Mr Ernest Bevin
London, England: GV Interior scene of assembly. CU Dr. Benes drinking out of cup. LV Lord Nathan in uniform speaking into mike (silent) Bevin sitting nearby. SV Lord Nuffield seated at table. GV Bevin being clapped by audience. LV, SV & CU of Bevin speaking (reading from notes in front of mike) GV of audience. CU & SV of Bevin speaking.
Sound Effects: "...And equipment must be if anything in excess of the marvellous courage of the men in the fighting services. It must err on the side of over supply rather than under."
SV of Bevin speaking: "But it is a matter of regret even yet large numbers of skilled men are still being retained on semi-skilled work and a careless management who allows that to continue for a day is guilty of criminal neglect."
SV of Bevin speaking: "I mentioned earlier that there is more precision needed in this war than in any previous effort. The amount of precision workers that is wanted for the mechanised forces of this country is 40% higher than was wanted in the munitions programme of 1918."
GV of Bevin speaking: "One last word on this point and I would impress it on the nation and that is: Never again can we afford to neglect and allow to rot the skill of our people."
GV Bevin: "And I hope nobody in any conversation will ever use the words, 'If we win."
Good Scenes: CU of Sir Ronald Graham.
Personalities - Politicians; Ernest Bevin (1881-1951), Great Britain
Background: Minister of Labour makes stirring speech at public luncheon at Dorchester.