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Budget Proposals and Economic Situation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th April 1957.

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Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton 12:00 am, 11th April 1957

The hon. Gentleman really cannot get away with this argument. Since he is suggesting that the old-age pension was raised in the 1951 Budget, he must now be suggesting that the Election was planned as early as April, 1951. Has it not been the whole suggestion of hon. Members opposite that we decided to have an Election only when the financial situation deteriorated in September?