In 1942, Sir William Beveridge presented a report to the British Parliament entitled “Social Insurance and Allied Services.” In his report, Beveridge recommended that the role of the state be expanded to provide members of society with more security. In 1948, the Labour Party government adopted several of Beveridge’s recommendations and created the National Insurance Act, the National Assistance Act and the National Health Service Act. This period in the British politics, from the end of the First World War until the end of the 1970s, became known as the postwar consensus because despite political differences, successive governments of the collectivist Labour Party and the Individualist Conservative Party maintained the programs that made up the new British welfare state. A general growth of the principles of liberalism occurred internationally through contacts related to trade, international cooperation, foreign aid, and other programs. The ebb and flow of the economic liberalism was in evidence around the world.