Shortly after the war of 1914-18 there were symptoms of a renewed interest in the administrative problems of the metro­ polis. This was stimulated partly by the brief enthusiasm for social reform which accompanied the peace and the demobilisa­ tion; and partly by an appreciation of the growing urgency of the problems confronting London. Mention has already been made of the enquiries set on foot to deal with the subjects of housing, wholesale food markets, water supply, the Thames Conservancy and other aspects of local government in London.