HC Deb 15 February 1966 vol 724 c1109
Q7. Mr. Stratton Mills

asked the Prime Minister whether the public speech by the Minister of Labour at Ilford on 8th January on economic affairs represents Government policy.

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Mills

I congratulate the Minister of Labour on the speech, but is it not becoming clearer every day that the incomes policy stands very little chance of success while under the direction and control of the First Secretary of State who, despite his many abilities which we recognise, is temperamentally unsuited? [Laughter.] Will the Prime Minister quite seriously consider moving responsibility for the incomes policy to the Minister of Labour?

The Prime Minister

While my right hon. Friend is undoubtedly of Irish descent, I am fully satisfied that not only in terms of temperament, which many hon. and right hon. Members would have, I think, for doing this job, he has also got the "guts" to do it, which nobody opposite has had.