Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that the only step that has been taken so far is the negative action of imposing the surcharge? Is it not time that some proper stimulus was given to British manufacturers to decrease the need for imports?
Will my hon. Friend not be discouraged by the failure of hon. Gentlemen opposite to give due credit for the improvement which has been achieved in our economic position by the Government's action?
Does the hon. Gentleman recognise that the only way in which manufactures from abroad can be manufactured in this country is for us to be competitive, and that everything that he and his right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has done since they got into office has been to inflate costs? Does he appreciate that we must not continue with our present high rate of taxation if we are to be competitive with people from abroad?