HC Deb 26 January 1978 vol 942 cc760-1W
15. Mr. Norman Atkinson

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will now desist from further calls for an incomes policy of any kind which seeks to make the allocation of public funds conditional upon wage conditions being acceptable to the Government.

Mr. Healey

As I have previously made clear, I welcome recent signs of sensible public discussion about future pay policy; it is far too early to make any firm predictions about the period after 31st July.

26. Mr. David Price

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in view of his statement made in paragraph 11 of Cmnd. Paper No. 6882, "The Attack on Inflation" after 31st July 1977, that the Government agree with the TUC that it is not possible to stipulate a specific figure at which individual negotiations should invariably settle, why he is insisting upon a strict adherence to a 10 per cent. limit for pay increases under Phase Three of the Government's voluntary incomes policy irrespective of the merits of any particular pay claim.

Mr. Joel Barnett

I refer the hon. Member to the reply my right hon. Friend gave to the right hon. and learned Member for Surrey, East (Sir G. Howe) on 8th December 1977.—[Vol. 940, c. 1630.]

30. Mr. Kenneth Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further discussions he intends to have with the TUC and the CBI on a further phase of incomes policy; and when he proposes to hold such talks.

Mr. Healey

I intend to continue to have discussions with representatives of the TUC and the CBI on all aspects of economic policy from time to time.