Oral Answers to Questions — National Conference on Productivity

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st July 1966.

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Photo of Mr James Dickens Mr James Dickens , Lewisham West 12:00 am, 21st July 1966

asked the Prime Minister when he proposes to call the National Conference on Productivity; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

On Tuesday, 27th September, Sir.

Photo of Mr James Dickens Mr James Dickens , Lewisham West

May I welcome this announcement and indicate to the Prime Minister the fact that many hon. Members on this side of the House are very glad to see the Government taking a positive initiative in this sphere?

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

This activity has been going on continuously through the various Departments concerned and through the economic development committees for individual industries. It has been thought desirable that we should now call together the leading representatives of both sides of industry to consider what further can be done to give a drive throughout industry to technological advance.

Photo of Mr Michael Jopling Mr Michael Jopling , Westmorland

In view of the Prime Minister's public commendation of the increased productivity of the agriculture industry, will he set up talks immediately with the leaders of that industry to increase production in view of the assistance that that could be to the present balance of payments crisis?

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

There have been a series of talks. In fact, I have had talks myself with the N.F.U. on this subject. As I have indicated previously, it is intended that the agriculture industry will be represented at this joint conference.