HC Deb 02 April 1968 vol 762 cc166-7
34. Mr. Emery

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will now undertake to provide to the House, and publish, the full details of the economic forecast made by the Treasury for a calendar year in advance.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

Part III of the 1968–69 Financial Statement sets out in considerable detail the Government's assessment of the economic outlook to mid–1969.

Mr. Emery

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for having complied with part of my Question since I put it down. May I ask whether Table 13 in Part III, which he refers to and which is dealt with on a six-monthly basis, can be published in order that the six months may be brought up to date? Will he consider whether some other convenient reviews on six-monthly bases might also be published so that we might be able to realise the vast amount of Government run-away expenditure that is going on?

Mr. Jenkins

I thought until the hon. Gentleman got to the last part of his supplementary question that he was seriously asking for information. I see that I was misled. I am perfectly willing to consider any further useful publication for the future but I remind the House, as I have done before, that, in publishing these forecasts, I have done something which no other Chancellor has done before. It is reasonable to see how we go for a year on the basis of these figures and then consider whether or not we can amplify them somewhat.