Did my right hon. Friend a' so read a certain speech last weekend a pout the state of the nation which completely ignored the economic burden of defence and also the balance of payments?
I said that the pay freeze, in the sense of an absolute standstill, was meant, as was announced at the time, to last for six months and six months only. A "repetition of the medicine" has already been dealt with. The House knows that this, as my right hon. Friends and I have frequently urged, was a reference to the fact that if we do not get a proper incomes policy there is grave danger to full employment. That was the point which was made. If my right hon. Friend had the misfortune to be misinterpreted last week, it was far more cruel to the Leader of the Opposition who was correctly reported.
Yes, Sir. It would be a very grave reflection on the right hon. Gentleman, who is such an assiduous student of speeches by myself—indeed, he has followed that to such a point that he has no time to work out any policy for his own party—if he had not made this point several times in the House, as he has. [HON. MEMBERS: "Answer the question."] I was asked whether I would make it available. I shall be very surprised if it is not in the Library. Certainly the right hon. Gentleman has a copy. If I cannot find one, perhaps he will provide it.