Orders of the Day — FINANCE (No. 2) BILL

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th May 1965.

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Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 12:00 am, 10th May 1965

I acknowledge the peroration of the hon. Member for Nottingham, South (Mr. William Clark), who spoke in his usual convincing and lucid way. I was not altogether surprised to hear him say that he did not have any particular confidence in this Government. I would have been surprised if he had. But he was hedging his bets a little unnecessarily; he need not have put the matter in the general way he did when he invited us to move over, to let someone take over. Someone! Does he have to hedge as much as that? [Interruption.] I agree that the level is now such that almost anybody would be better. I have seen the claims of the right hon. and learned Member for Wirral (Mr. Selwyn Lloyd) advanced in the Press, and in certain circumstances I would find myself very strongly behind him; there is a great deal to be said for his candidature. I do not want to provoke hon. Members, but they seemed to be hedging their bets a little too much.

It has been a very interesting debate. [Interruption.] The hon. Member for Torquay (Sir F. Bennett) has not been here earlier, but now comes to join in—