§ Mr. Peter Rees
The Government welcome the current public debate on the prospects for public expenditure and are considering the precise form and timing of their further contribution to that debate.
§ Mr. Eggar
Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that it is essential that the public debate occurs on a Treasury document which sets out realistically the options open to the Government? That is essential, not only so that the level of public participation is increased, but so that the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley) realises what the reality is. It is obvious, after listening to his radio interview today, that he has no idea of the reality.
§ Mr. David Atkinson
Will my right hon. and learned Friend assure the House that the options to be considered by him include the original Beveridge concept of the welfare state, which still exists today, but is based on conditions in the 1930s and may not match the needs of society half a century later?