Sir Anderson Montague-Barlow, 1st Baronet
He was born Clement Anderson Barlow at St Bartholomew's Vicarage, Clifton, Gloucestershire, and preferred to be known under his second name, Anderson, rather than his first, Clement. He received a Master's degree and an LL.D. from the University of Cambridge and practiced at the bar. Between 1910 and 1923 he represented Salford South in the House of Commons. In 1922 he was admitted to the Privy Council upon becoming Minister of Labour, a position he served in until 1924. He was made a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1918 and in 1924 he was created a baronet, of Westminster in the County of London.
In 1938, Neville Chamberlain's government asked Barlow to chair a royal commission into the urban concentration of population and industry, "The Royal Commission on the Distribution of the Industrial Population", which became known as the Barlow Commission. Its report, published in 1940, raised the problem of large towns as a public issue for the first time, and concluded that "planned decentralisation" was favourable. The report was largely ignored at the time, as it came shortly after the outbreak of World War II, but its conclusions were a major factor behind the new towns movement after the war, which lead to the creation of 27 new towns.
Montague-Barlow died in May 1951, aged 83, when the baronetcy became extinct.
- The National Archives: Royal Commission on the Distribution of the Industrial Population (Barlow Commission): Minutes and Papers Linked 2015-05-30
- Hansard 1803-2005, Mr Anderson Barlow. Alternative names: Anderson Montague-Barlow 1946 – 1951 Linked 2015-05-30
- A Guide to the Papers of British Cabinet Ministers 1900-1964, Sir (Clement) Anderson Montague-Barlow, Bt (1868–1951) Linked 2015-05-30
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Mr Anderson Barlow
- Royal Commission on the Distribution of the Industrial Population (Barlow Commission).
- Leigh Rayment's list of baronets [self-published source][better source needed]
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
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