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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 Sir Robert Cary Sir Robert Cary , Manchester, Withington 12:00 am, 11th April 1957

The moment came when one hon. Member who was particularly interested in coffee made a journey into the kitchen to discover how this special liquid was made, only to find that it came from a communal container in the kitchen, the difference being that the coffee poured into the silver pot was sold at 6d. a cup and that which was poured into the earthenware pot was sold at 1s. a cup. It was really the same turgid liquid.

I believe that this really is a special Budget. It is a shrewed Budget. This is my right hon. Friend's first Budget, and it must have been a matter of great importance for him. It must have meant the expenditure of a great deal of nervous energy. Its presentation was a great parliamentary hurdle, but he has jumped it with great success. The adjective I have used to describe it is the right one. It—