HC Deb 17 November 1981 vol 13 c162
Q4. Mr. Gwilym Roberts

asked the Prime Minister if she will dismiss the Secretary of State for Employment.

The Prime Minister

No, Sir. The hon. Member may assume that I do not intend to make any changes in ministerial appointments or responsibilities unless or until I make a statement to the contrary.

Mr. Roberts

Does the Prime Minister accept that the Secretary of State for Employment, as was clear from his answers today, is symbolic of the irrational policies pursued by the Government, which have added about 2 million people to the dole queue and lowered living standards for the great mass of people in this country? Is it not high time that she told him to get on his bike?

The Prime Minister

From what I heard, my right hon. Friend's answers were robust, sensible and realistic. Long may they continue.