HC Deb 19 March 1970 vol 798 cc605-6
Q2. Mr. Hunt

asked the Prime Minister what recent public engagements he has fulfilled in his capacity as First Lord of the Treasury.

The Prime Minister

All my official engagements are performed in my capacity as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.

Mr. Hunt

Does not the holding of this portfolio present the Prime Minister with a unique opportunity to travel the length and breadth of the land and perhaps even to make another frank and honest television broadcast in which he can explain how he proposes to fulfil and honour the pledge which he gave in 1964 that Labour's policy would be carried though without any general increases in taxation?

The Prime Minister

The hon. Gentleman, in common with his right hon. and hon. Friends, seems to be studying a lot of matters of that period—[Interruption.] It is a great improvement on the Selsdon Conference, which did not get beyond the 1930s. If the hon. Gentleman would spend a little more time studying these matters he would find that I said in 1964—I think he was referring to 1964—that we should introduce any taxation that might be proved necessary. But that was not in the hand-outs from Tory Central Office.

Mr. John Lee

Does my right hon. Friend's calendar of future engagements include an address to workers in the civil aviation industry, and does he know what kind of reception he will get in view of yesterday's aeronautical Munich?

The Prime Minister

The engagements do not at present involve that speech, though I have met very many workers in many industries who have been concerned about some of the problems which the country is facing. As for yesterday, my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade, when he spoke as clearly as he did on both the questions which seem to perturb my hon. Friend, was speaking with the full support of Her Majesty's Government and of myself. If my hon. Friend does not like it, I am very sorry.