HC Deb 04 December 1969 vol 792 cc322-3W
33. Mr. Leslie Huckfield

asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity what are the present rates of duration of unemployment.

Mr. Dell

Following is the information:

ment on her plans for Government intervention in the fixing of prices and wages during 1970.

Mrs. Castle

I expect to publish a new White Paper on productivity, prices and incomes policy during the course of next week.

73. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity why she had discussions with the Confederation of British Industry and the Trades Union Congress on the question of the Government's new White Paper on prices and incomes before laying this before Parliament; why her Department gave particulars of this White Paper to the Confederation of British Industry, the Trades Union Congress and the newspapers before presentation to Parliament; and whether she will make a statement.

Mr. Dell

The successful working of the prices and incomes policy depends on the two sides of industry. It is essential that they should be consulted on proposals for future developments of the policy. The White Paper laid before Parliament will take account of these consultations. My Department has not communicated our proposals to the Press.