HC Deb 06 April 1971 vol 815 cc241-2
Q5. Mr. David Stoddart

asked the Prime Minister if he will now pay an official visit to Swindon.

Mr. Maudling

I have been asked to reply.

My right hon. Friend has at present no plans to do so.

Mr. Stoddart

Will the right hon. Gentleman advise the Prime Minister, when he next sees him, that he will need the Chieftain tank he was driving in Germany yesterday when he comes to Swindon to meet some of the 5,000 ladies there who signed the petition asking him to honour his election pledge to cut prices at a stroke? Is he aware that they are most hurt and insulted that the Prime Minister did not deign to reply to that petition himself but sent a discourteous and disgusting reply through his political secretary, who is not a Member of this House? Will he also ask the Prime Minister to reconsider his decision not to visit my constituency, since unemployment in Swindon has risen by 50 per cent. and the number of unfilled vacancies has fallen by 50 per cent?

Mr. Maudling

It seems that there is a certain sameness in the phrasing of some of the supplementary questions today. My right hon. Friend is much touched by the many invitations he has received to visit constituencies, and no doubt he will be able to visit them all in turn in the many years during which he will be Prime Minister.