HC Deb 06 April 1971 vol 815 cc240-1
Q4. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Prime Minister whether he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of his official appointments for Wednesday, 5th May, 1971.

Mr. Maudling

I have been asked to reply.

It is not the practice to do so.

Mr. Lewis

While it may not be the practice, will the right hon. Gentleman suggest to the Prime Minister that, after enjoying the lunch which he has fixed for that day, when speaking to the assembled company he should explain not only that he has been successful in cutting, at a stroke, the surtax and the taxation paid by the higher income groups but that he is also going to cut prices at a stroke, as he promised to do during the election?

Mr. Maudling

The hon. Gentleman will recognise that the Budget not only brought taxes down but has resulted in prices being cut as well.

Sir G. Nabarro

Having regard to this auspicious occasion at the Savoy Hotel, will my right hon. Friend recommend to the Prime Minister that he should invite, as his special guests, two new recruits to Tory philosophy, namely, the right hon. Member for Greenwich (Mr. Marsh) and the former Labour Member for Pembroke, Mr. Desmond Donnolly, both of whom now reject the policies of the Labour Party?

Mr. Maudling

My right hon. Friend will be the guest and not the host at that luncheon.

Mr. William Price

Can the right hon. Gentleman unravel one of the greatest mysteries in modern politics—

Mr. William Hamilton

He is in Germany.

Mr. Price

—and tell us where he and his colleagues do their shopping?

Mr. Maudling

I do my shopping in the local village stores at the weekend. It will be interesting to see whether they have made cuts in their prices as the large grocery chain stores have advertised that they are doing.

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