§ Mrs. Castle
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the National Economic Development Council will be empowered to discuss the effects of takeover bids on investment and wages policy.
§ Mr. Barber
The Council will certainly be free to take into consideration any factors which it may think have a bearing on investment and wages policy. My right hon. and learned Friend has tried to make it clear from the beginning that he would not seek to exclude any subject from its discussions, and that he would not arrogate to Ministers the right to fix the agenda.