HC Deb 15 February 1968 vol 758 cc418-9W
Mr. Alison

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what resources are referred to in the Government's proposal in Command Paper No. 3515, to achieve a shift of resources from home consumption, public and private to exports and import replacement; whether such resources include manpower; and what manpower transfers from the public sector are anticipated.

Mr. Roy Jenkins:

The specific identification of future resources is impossible. I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the Prime Minister's speech in the House of 16th January.—[Vol. 756, c. 1577–1620.]

Sir C. Osborne

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he proposes to take to prevent the£1,000 million real increase in Government expenditure in 1968 from weakening confidence in sterling.

Mr. Roy Jenkins:

I refer the hon. Member to the statement by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 16th January, published as Command Paper No. 3515, which shows how the Government will reduce by£300 million the earlier estimate of an increase of about£990 million in public expenditure in 1968–69 compared with the estimate for 1967–68. The statement also made clear that the review of public expenditure is a continuing process and that they would be reinforced by further measures to hold back consumption.—[Vol. 756, c. 1577–1620.]