§ Mr. A. Lewis
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in view of the fact that retail prices have risen by 1.7 per cent. since July, 1961, whether he will now abandon his wage pause policy.
§ Sir E. Boyle
As my right hon. Friend has explained to the hon. Member the rise in the retail price index was in fact 2.2 per cent. between July and December, 1961. It has already been announced that the pay pause is to be brought to an end on 31st March. The Government's policy for the next phase was laid before the House in Command Paper 1626.