50 Years Ago – 28 January 1971

28 January 1971

John Cousins, the national officer of the Transport and General Workers’ Union said that it was “a setback for everyone” following his members decision to return to work as usual at the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). The union members present voted by hand against the overtime ban and strike action, with the BOAC saying that they would “wait and see” how the situation progressed.

Anthony Barber (main image above), the Chancellor of the Exchequer, published a White Paper into the future of Government spending. He said that it was “the most fundamental review of government expenditure ever undertaken”.

John Peyton, the Minister for Transport, announced that the Government intended to sell off Thomas Cook and Son, the travel agents. The company had been nationalised with the railways in 1948, becoming part of the British Transport Commission.