§ 27. Mr. Robert Atkins
asked the Paymaster General if he has been satisfied with the effects of Government publicity arrangements during the summer adjournment.
§ The Paymaster General (Mr. Angus Maude)
Yes. I am satisfied that Ministers have taken every opportunity during the Summer Recess to explain Government policies.
§ Mr. Atkins
Does my right hon. Friend agree that during the Summer Recess clear evidence became available that the connection between excessive wage settlements and unemployment began to get through to those working on the shop floor?
§ Mr. Maude
Yes, Sir. There is clear evidence that a number of groups of workers, in the engineering industries especially, understand that excessive wage settlements lead to a loss of jobs. Recent opinion polls also show that a great majority of British workers understand that. I am satisfied that it is due partly to the activity of Ministers in explaining the situation that the change in opinion has come about.
§ Mr. Skinner
Has the Paymaster General any estimate of how many moles there are in the various Government Departments? If he cannot tell us. will he admit that it is a secret?
§ Mr. Marlow
During the Summer Recess my right hon. Friend let it be known through the press that he was about to launch a massive propaganda campaign on the subject of Europe. If he intends to do that, will he restrict himself to the facts about Europe, rather than trying to sell the public an unsaleable product?