HC Deb 11 March 1952 vol 497 c1269

3.35 p.m.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr. R. A. Butler)

On Budget day the eyes of the nation are upon us, as we review the state of the economy over the past year, weigh up the prospects for the coming year and decide what course we should take. This year the task is even more important than usual. The issues we face—I hope together—are serious indeed. What we do will largely determine not only our economic outlook for next year, but our entire future. This is the mood in which I have approached my task and in which I feel sure that the Committee will listen to what I have to tell them