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When organisation was discussed in the autumn of 1945, Ministers felt generally that control of research could not be divided from large-scale production and that it was 'undesirable that an enterprise of this kind should appear to be a commercial undertaking'. The scientists themselves felt that research in this field was of permanent importance for the future of the country and could not beleft to private enterprise. The organisation that evolved within the Ministry of Supply was 38 Britain and Atomic Energy 1945-1952- affected by the order in which the early decisions were taken.
The committee was indeed responsible for making the recommendations which led to the first decisions on the shape of Britain's atomic programme and the attitude to international control. t The position of Sir John Anderson as chairman was especially important. He returned to an office in the Cabinet Office, enjoyed the services of its secretariat, and was a quasi-Minister. He was consulted on all important telegrams before they were sent off and on most questions of policy that had to be submitted to the Prime Minister.
Early in 1947 the Secretary of the Cabinet and the Prime Minister's special assistant considered the relationship between Tizard and his committee and atomic energy. They believed that Tizard was not only concerned with committee relationships, but was toying with the idea that the administrative and executive responsibilities for atomic energy should come within his organisation. They saw in this the remains of Tizard's extreme soreness at his exclusion from atomic energy affairs during the war.