Oral Answers to Questions — Chancellor of the Exchequer (Speech)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th February 1964.

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Mr. Wilson:

I hope that the Prime Minister took note of the question on rents. Is he not aware when asking for my help in talking to the unions that last July at the conference on the Transport and General Workers' Union I made an appeal for an incomes policy? Is he further aware that at the Labour Party conference this was passed by an overwhelming majority, involving all the unions? Will the right hon. Gentleman agree that it is impossible for his Government to make these appeals? [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."] Will the right hon. Gentleman tell us how he feels that his Government, of which he has been a prominent member for many years, can make this appeal in view of the pay pause, the interference with collective bargaining and arbitration awards two years ago? [HON. MEMBERS "Oh."] While we are being flattered by the Prime Minister's request that we make an appeal which he cannot make, does he not agree that this is an appeal which can be made only—