HC Deb 04 February 1969 vol 777 c205
Q2. Mr. Marten

asked the Prime Minister when he will next take the chair at a meeting of the National Economic Development Council.

The Prime Minister

Tomorrow, Sir.

Mr. Marten

All of which goes to show that this was a very well-timed Question. As the Prime Minister may be aware of the anxiety in this House about the non-publication of the planning document which has been discussed with N.E.D.C. will he give an assurance that it will be published whether or not there is disagreement about the content or about any other matter?

The Prime Minister

A well-timed supplementary question too. As I told the House following the N.E.D.C. conference at Chequers, it is the view of Her Majesty's Government that the document, after suitable amendment in consultation with the N.E.D.C. may well be published, but we would want to hear the views of industry about it. That is the position which I and my colleagues will take up at the meeting tomorrow. My fellows members of "Neddy" will be well aware of the strong feelings expressed on all sides of the House on the question of publication.