§ Sir C. Osborne
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in view of the fact that the balance of payments problem seems unconnected with the lives of ordinary people, if he will seek to organise an intense propaganda campaign on radio, Press and television to make the nation realise that its food and jobs depend upon their greater co-operation with Government action, and better, higher, and cheaper production; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Callaghan
The importance of getting rid of the deficit on the balance of payments has been emphasised by members of the Government in countless interviews, articles, and appearances on radio and television. The provision of economic information to the public is co-ordinated by the Department of Economic Affairs who already issue a regular Bulletin: "Progress Report" and Broadsheets with a very wide circulation. These publications provide useful information in straightforward language indicating the practical ways in which members of the public can and should participate in the essential work that has to be done. Ways of expanding this information drive are under constant examination by that Department.