HC Deb 06 December 1955 vol 547 cc192-3
42. Mr. Grimond

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further steps he proposes to take to see that an example in economy in administrative spending is set by the Government themselves.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I am confident that Government Departments in general—and I know that the Treasury in particular—are seized of the imperative need to which the hon. Member draws attention.

Mr. Grimond

May I draw the attention of the Chancellor to the fact that while no doubt large economies in administration are not possible, any economies would have a salutary effect on the public, if the right hon. Gentleman wants the public really to believe that there is an urgent need for economy throughout the country?

Mr. Butler

Yes, I am aware that in fact the hon. Member is supporting what I want to do.

Mr. Callaghan

Will the Chancellor take into consideration the possibility of ceasing to sell any more lorries at a loss and so saving money in that way? Also, will he consider cutting out the transport levy, which is an unnecessary burden on industry?

Mr. Butler

It is surprising how the Government think of all these things.