HC Deb 09 August 1966 vol 733 cc1389-90
Q3. Mr. Marten

asked the Prime Minister if he is satisfied with the coordination between Ministers dealing with the National Plan; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir, and I have nothing to add to my right hon. Friend's Answer to the hon. Members for Barkston Ash (Mr. Alison) and Stratford-on-Avon (Mr. Maude) on 26th July.

Mr. Marten

As the Government planners have now got a policy of purposive stop-go and reverse, would it not be in the national interest, as the right hon. Gentleman wishes to get the whole nation pulling together in order to get the country out of the mess into which the Government have led it, if he apologised to the electorate for the totally misleading election pledge that there would be no stop-go if a Labour Government were returned?

The Prime Minister

The hon. Gentle-will realise that I do not accept his view of the responsibility for the economic situation of the country. Certainly, when the nation is pulling together I am sure that he will be in the small minority urging it not to do so.