Business of the House

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th February 1964.

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Mr. H. Wilson:

Will the Leader of the House use his influence, which I am sure is considerable, to ensure that next week we get an authoritative statement from the Government Front Bench about the country's balance of payments position? May I ask the Leader of the House whether, in view of the statement thrown out, perhaps somewhat lightly, by the Prime Minister on television on Monday night, and because of the totally different figures produced, and statements made, by a succession of different Ministers, he realises that there is great confusion in the country?

Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman, with his great experience of the problem of perceiving an incipient balance of payments crisis, persuade one of his right hon. Friends to make a statement—or perhaps make one himself—so that the House and the country can be put in picture?