Minister of Labour (Television Interview)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Power – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st February 1966.

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Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton 12:00 am, 1st February 1966

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.