The House will obviously understand that it is rather difficult to reply to charges of the kind the Chief Secretary has made without a debate on this subject. I say this in extenuation of my rising again.
The House will note, too, that the hon. Gentleman has accepted that the main criticism of the Expenditure Committee was that in this one year—1973–74, which was decided in 1972–73—there was an in- crease of £1,200 million in public expenditure, only £200 million of which was for counter-cyclical reasons. The House will notice the admission which has been made by the hon. Gentleman.