HC Deb 29 June 1971 vol 820 cc178-9
2. Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will pay an official visit to Macclesfield.

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Mr. James Prior)

While I at present have no plans to visit Macclesfield, I should be very glad to accept any invitation to do so after the holiday season is over.

Mr. Hamilton

Will the right hon. Gentleman accept an invitation from the official Labour candidate and take the opportunity to explain to the electors of Macclesfield which speeches made by him and the Prime Minister are made in jest and which have to be taken seriously?

Mr. Prior

I am interested to hear the hon. Gentleman refer to the "official" Labour candidate. Do I assume that, like in so many other cases, there are more than two views?

Sir G. Nabarro

Would my right hon. Friend think it a good idea if he were to join me in Macclesfield on a joint platform shortly before the by-election so that I may have a public opportunity of leading him into the paths of righteousness?

Mr. Prior

I think it would be more appropriate if my hon. Friend went to West Fife.