National Economic Development Council

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th March 1971.

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Photo of Mr Joel Barnett Mr Joel Barnett , Heywood and Royton 12:00 am, 4th March 1971

Does that mean, taken together with the reported meeting with the T.U.C., that the Prime Minister is now recognising that there is a serious economic crisis and that he is prepared to consider a voluntary incomes policy? If he is going to do so, does he equally recognise that he vitally needs the support and co-operation of the T.U.C.? To get that, is he prepared to say now that he does not rule out the possibility of meaningful concessions in growth, unemployment and the Industrial Relations Bill?