HC Deb 28 February 1967 vol 742 cc260-1
Q8. Mr. Stratton Mills

asked the Prime Minister if the public speech of the Chancellor of the Exchequer on reductions in Government overseas expenditure at Cardiff on 3rd February represents the policy of Her Majesty's Government.

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Mills

Does the right hon. Gentleman recall that, on 20th July, he promised a reduction of £100 million in Government overseas expenditure during 1967–68? Is it not clear from the figures published by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that this promise has not been fulfilled and that, even excluding the deficit on Zambia, the reduction will not be more than about £70 million, thus falling well short of his assurance?

The Prime Minister

We have not yet reached the 1967–68 financial year. I assure the hon. Gentleman that all Ministers, including the Chancellor of the Exchequer and I, are fully determined to realise the savings announced on 20th July.