I am always trying to help the hon. Gentleman with his questions. The answer is that, as the hon. Gentleman knows perfectly well, the measures that we had to take last year to deal with the balance of payments crisis, which had essentially to be short-term measures because there were no other weapons left to us by the departing Government, were such that they did, and inevitably had to, lead to some restriction in production. This is the reason why, until we can get the other measures working for greater productivity in industry, production has not risen as we all hope it is going to.
That was not indeed my right hon. Friend's accusation. His accusation was that for very many years now we have had this dilemma, which the right hon. Gentleman not only did not know how to solve in office but still does not know how to solve in opposition, that when we get out of the stagnation into which they plunged us for so many years we run into balance of payments difficulties.