HC Deb 18 May 1971 vol 817 c1072
Q1. Mr. Barnett

asked the Prime Minister if the public speech of the Lord President of the Council at Framlingham on 30th April, 1971 on prices represents the policy of Her Majesty's Government.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Edward Heath)

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Barnett

Would the Prime Minister confirm that he is considering punishment by tariff cuts? In the circumstances, presumably he has made an estimate of the effect on unemployment caused by increased imports and reduced home production? Would he give the House the estimate made by the Government of the increase in unemployment, which is already at a terrifyingly high level?

The Prime Minister

The Lord President's speech did not deal with that matter.

Mr. McBride

Is the Prime Minister aware that last week, in reply to a question on prices, he told me by letter that he would seek to strengthen the position of the Government in relation to the private sector? Would he now accept an invitation from me to say what legislative steps the Government propose to take to decrease prices in order to satisfy the British public?

The Prime Minister

We have already indicated that we propose to change the monopolies legislation.

Mr. Robert Hughes

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Is it possible for you to ask the Prime Minister to speak up?

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