HC Deb 21 November 1968 vol 773 c1526
Q1. Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

asked the Prime Minister if he will amalgamate the Department of Employment and Productivity and the Treasury.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Harold Wilson)

No, Sir.

Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

Are not the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity pulling in opposite directions? Since the Chancellor's strategy depends on a fall in our living standards, is not the right hon. Lady's campaign to ensure that prices do not rise as fast as wages largely responsible for the fact that we shall face another touch on the tiller as soon as the Chancellor returns tonight?

The Prime Minister

The answer to the first part of that question is "No, Sir", and the answer to the second part is that the duty of my right hon. Friend the First Secretary, which she is carrying out with great vigour, of relating increases in income to productivity is the best guarantee against undue increases in prices and the best guarantee that the Chancellor's policy can be fulfilled.