HC Deb 12 December 1967 vol 756 c203
Q4. Mr. Marten

asked the Prime Minister what steps he is taking to improve co-ordination between Economic Departments since devaluation.

The Prime Minister

The work of these Departments is already closely and effectively co-ordinated, Sir.

Mr. Marten

In view of the need to tell the people the harsh truth about devaluation, and in the light of the Prime Minister's television broadcast, would it not be helpful to the country if he had a special adviser specifically to advise him on telling the facts about devaluation more forthrightly and more frankly?

The Prime Minister

I did, despite the attempt of hon. Members opposite to create a legend by taking one sentence out of context, in that broadcast state plainly that prices would have to rise. I then went on to say that it would be unjustifiable to raise prices which were not caused by devaluation.