Is the Prime Minister aware that it is apparently the view of the First Secretary that we would be mad to limit immigration because we need the extra manpower? Does not the Prime Minister agree, on the contrary, that the right way to provide extra manpower which some of our industries need is not by mass immigration but by eliminating the overmanning inside this country? Will he endeavour to convert his right hon. Friend to that point of view?
I recognise that the Question was put down by the hon. Member many weeks ago and I recognise his difficulties in this respect. As far as the statement made by my right hon. Friend in Sheffield is concerned, there have been a number of answers in the House about it and I ask the hon. Member to await a further statement to be made when we have studied Lord Mountbatten's Report.
Will the Prime Minister be more specific about "in due course"? When will the statement be made? Is he aware that every day there are statements and articles in the newspapers suggesting that the Government are completely reversing their previous policies? Is not it essential that this matter should be clarified very soon?
My hon. Friend, who is an extremely active junior Minister, is co-ordinating—[Interruption.]—the late Government had no one doing it at all—and he is responsible, as I have told the House before, for co-ordinating the problem to which hon. Members in all parts of the House have given attention. He is responsible for co-ordinating in the problem of assimilation and integration and the conditions in the big towns and cities where there is large immigration. He has no responsibility for immigration controls which, as I have said, are being considered in the light of the Mountbatten Report.