11 DECEMBER 1964, Page 8

Social Research We are far behind some other countries in

the resources we devote to social research within the framework of national development. The Council of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations should command all our support in their reasoned argument .for a massive increase in both money and men. I am sure we do not yet appreciate how little we know and how much we need to know about social behaviour in its widest sense. I have only one anxiety. The Institute's target for national annual recurrent expenditure is £25 mil- lions a year by 1980. But this seems to be linked to the expectation of a 4 per cent growth rate. Such a rate is disappearing 'rapidly over the horizon at the moment. I hope Social Research won't go with it.