Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th April 1970.

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Photo of Mr John Mendelson Mr John Mendelson , Penistone 12:00 am, 20th April 1970

Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the Press has been criticising speakers from both sides in this debate for not highlighting the real issues and for going back too much on the record of the other side? It has done that as much of his side as of our side. Is it not his duty now to point out, if he wants to be fair and to get away from this sterile exchange, that the main reason—[HON. MEMBERS: "What about the hon. Gentleman?"] I have not spoken yet. I will have some criticism to make in my own time. I am not shy about doing that, as the House knows.

However, the right hon. Gentleman must admit that the main reason why there is not more growth is that the Government fear that if they allow the import of raw materials to increase the balance of payments will again be in difficulty. Was there not an O.E.C.D. report in 1964 which criticised the right hon. Member for Barnet (Mr. Maudling) for not pursuing the right policy in this respect?