Productivity, Prices and Incomes

Oral Answers to Questions — Economic Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th May 1966.

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Photo of Mr Patrick Jenkin Mr Patrick Jenkin , Wanstead and Woodford 12:00 am, 12th May 1966

asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs whether he is satisfied that sufficient progress is being made with regard to the productivity aspects of the Government's policy on productivity, prices and incomes and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Sir Austen Albu Sir Austen Albu , Edmonton

No, my right hon. Friend would certainly not claim to be satisfied. But we are tackling the problem of increasing productivity with vigour and in many different ways.

Photo of Mr Patrick Jenkin Mr Patrick Jenkin , Wanstead and Woodford

Does not the hon. Gentleman feel that the time has come to broaden the main attack from the Prices and Incomes Board—which, in this context, is doing a useful job—to the "little Neddies", which could have a much more positive rôle to play in improving productivity in the industries for which they are responsible?

Photo of Sir Austen Albu Sir Austen Albu , Edmonton

I agree that they have a very important rôle to play, but I think the hon. Gentleman is a little out of date and does not realise that they are already playing it.

Photo of Mr Cyril Osborne Mr Cyril Osborne , Louth Borough

How soon does the hon. Gentleman expect us to reach the 6 per cent. increase in national productivity which the Chancellor has promised?

Photo of Sir Austen Albu Sir Austen Albu , Edmonton

During the course of the planned period, I have no doubt.