HC Deb 04 November 1980 vol 991 cc1099-100
Mr. Gwilym Roberts

asked the Prime Minister what plans she has for visiting Cannock Wood.

The Prime Minister

I have at present no plans to do so.

Mr. Roberts

Is the Prime Minister aware that hundreds of people in Cannock Wood who voted Tory in May 1979 did not expect the Tory Government to double inflation, push unemployment well above the 2 million mark, destroy business confidence, wreck local government services and raise interest rates to an all-time high. What message does she now have for those electors in Cannock Wood except "More of the same and worse"?

The Prime Minister

My message is, first, that the people of Cannock Wood must be pleased that the Government are taking a firm line on reducing inflation and, secondly, that they will be the first to understand that demands for enormously high pay lead to high unemployment. I am sure that they will be the first to argue against that and be critical of people who strike their way on to the dole. Thirdly, I hope to have the hon. Gentleman's support, if he wants to see interest rates reduced, for trying to keep public spending down so that in the longer run we can keep interest rates down.