Oral Answers to Questions — Cbi and TUC (Meetings)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th December 1973.

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Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley 12:00 am, 11th December 1973

Yes, Sir, I think that we should face the energy problem as a nation. I repeat that with the cut-back of 10 per cent. there was general agreement in industry that by economies, both domestic and industrial, we could keep our production going and sustain the rate of growth. If cuts by the oil countries as a whole—and we are affected by Arab and non-Arab countries—become larger there is danger of unemployment and of cut-back in growth, but I repeat that what is affecting us much more than the oil situation is the shortfall in coal supplies.