Government Policy (Prime Minister's Speech)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th April 1974.

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Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton 12:00 am, 30th April 1974

The hon. Gentleman, as a great student of our constitution, speaks with great authority, not least about the previous Government, because he spent a considerable time there, as we all know. But he will know that in this country government tends to be political. No Government were ever more political than the previous Government, whom he supported. I am very sorry that the hon. Gentleman should want to take up—it is not characteristic of him—the statement made by my right hon. Friend, which was issued yesterday. This was a statement made on the responsibility of my right hon. Friend, with my full approval, and it did not involve the work of the Civil Service or of anyone referred to by the hon. Gentleman. It would be in accordance with the custom of this House if hon. Gentlemen were now to accept what was said by my right hon. Friend, or, if not, to decide to hold him accountable for anything with which they do not agree.