§ Q5. Mr. Gibson-Watt
asked the Prime Minister whether the statements made by the First Secretary of State on 8th February in the Rediffusion programme Crunch, about economic affairs, represent the policy of Her Majesty's Government.
§ Q6. Mr. Ramsden
asked the Prime Minister whether the statements on economic policy made by the First Secretary of State on 8th February, 1966, in the Rediffusion programme, Crunch, represent the policy of Her Majesty's Government.
§ Q8. Mr. Patrick Jenkin
asked the Prime Minister whether the statements made by the First Secretary of State in the Rediffusion programme entitled Crunch, on 8th February, 1966, about incomes policy, represent the policy of Her Majesty's Government.
§ Q9. Sir H. Lucas-Tooth
asked the Prime Minister whether the statements about the- nation's economic and financial problems made by the First Secretary of State on 8th February in the Rediffusion programme, Crunch, represent the policy of Her Majesty's Government.
§ Mr. Gibson-Watt
Does the right hon. Gentleman recollect that in this programme he himself said that he was impressed by the impact that his policy was having on production, incomes and prices? Can he tell us what impact his policy has had on production, particularly in view of what his right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour said the other day when he described production as stagnant?
§ Mr. Ramsden
How does the First Secretary assess the impact of his policies on incomes in particular, bearing in mind that in some sectors they seem to have gone up very rapidly as compared with prices?
§ Mr. Brown
We have been through all this before, every time I appear at this Box. It is time that the right hon. Gentleman got hold of the point that one must look at the successes as well as those cases which do not seem to be succeeding quite so well. Only the other day, the electricity power workers accepted a settlement at the norm and said that they were doing it because they wanted to accept their responsibility under the policy. Only a little while before that, Vauxhall Motors and the unions there came to an agreement at the norm and specifically said that they were doing it because they wanted to uphold the policy. There are many cases where it is having impact.
§ Mr. Patrick Jenkin
I am glad that the right hon. Gentleman has said that productivity is indeed the crucial figure. Does he not agree that in 1964 the working population actually increased while production remained stagnant? How can 625 he say that his policy has had an impact when productivity has, in fact, declined?
§ Sir H. Lucas-Tooth
As the right hon. Gentleman said in the programme in question that those employed in industries of rising productivity should get more than the norm, and as he also said that workers in other industries were entitled to be brought up to the norm, is not this a formula for built-in inflation?
§ Mr. Brown
I am sorry that the hon. Baronet has got it wrong. I did not say either of the things which he suggests. If he will get this extra little production by Rediffusion, which produced the entire broadcast, and—as he has obviously got it—if he will read it, he will find that he has got it wrong.
§ Mr. Maxwell
Is my right hon. Friend aware that in spite of the fact that the Opposition are behaving so irresponsibly in this matter—[Interruption.]—the country is fully behind him? [Interruption.]
§ Mr. Maxwell
Is my right hon. Friend further aware that the business community are 100 per cent. behind all his efforts and, further—
§ Mr. Heath
As the First Secretary has told us again today that he is rightly proud of the success of his policy—and we understand his pride—can he explain to the House why later today he is introducing an "early warnings" Bill? Can he also tell us whether the name of his right hon. Friend the Minister of Technology will also be backing the Bill?
§ Mr. Brown
It does not look to me as; though either of those points arises 626 on this Question. The answer to both of them will be given in due course. In the meantime, may I say again to the right hon. Gentleman that I do not want to keep the pride to myself and that I would be only too happy to share a little of it with him.