HC Deb 29 July 1971 vol 822 c778
Q3. Mr. Ashley

asked the Prime Minister how many letters he has received asking him to make a Ministerial broadcast on Government policies.

The Prime Minister

I have received a number of such letters over the past year. On 8th July I made a Ministerial broadcast on Britain and the European Communities; and on 19th July my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer made a Ministerial broadcast on the economy.

Mr. Ashley

While I understand that the Prime Minister's preoccupation with Europe has caused him to shuffle off questions on the economy to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, will he make a broadcast about poverty and admit that the family income supplements scheme is now widely recognised as a disaster? Will he also try to find out why 92 per cent. of the people living in poverty will not touch the Government's proposals at any price?

The Prime Minister

More than 20,000 families will begin to benefit next week, and I am surprised that the hon. Gentleman should suggest that that is a disaster.

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