HC Deb 22 February 1955 vol 537 c127W
67. Mr. G. Jeger

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that while wage rates rose by less than 5 per cent. last year, gross profits were up by 11 per cent. and distributed dividends rose by 18 per cent.; and what steps he will take to ensure a fair allocation of the benefits of increased production.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Yes. Comparisons over a longer period would give very different results. There are limits to what the Government can do to regulate the distribution of the benefits of increased production. But the fair distribution of benefits is a matter which I shall continue to have very much in mind.