Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Engagements)

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th March 1976.

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Photo of Mr Max Madden Mr Max Madden , Sowerby 12:00 am, 8th March 1976

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list his official engagements for Monday, 8th March 1976.

Photo of Peter Viggers Peter Viggers , Gosport

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list his engagements for Monday 8th March 1976.

Photo of Mr Harold Lever Mr Harold Lever , Manchester Central

Apart from Question Time, I have no official engagements today.

Photo of Mr Max Madden Mr Max Madden , Sowerby

Does my right hon. Friend know that only last week the chairman of Chrysler United Kingdom Ltd. confirmed that my right hon. Friend was one of the Ministers closely involved in the Chrysler agreement? As he has recently had time to purchase an expensive blazer with gold buttons and to play bridge with members of another place, will my right hon. Friend now find time to put on public record his unique contribution to the Chrysler deal, so that all of us may know—?

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

Order. I should have stopped the hon. Member before. The Question is about official engagements today.

Photo of Mr Harold Lever Mr Harold Lever , Manchester Central

On the subject of Chrysler, I have nothing to add to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Oswestry (Mr. Biffen) on 19th January. If my hon. Friend has not come across that reply, I shall be very happy to furnish him with a copy. As to one of the more amusing and characteristically inaccurate flights of fancy on the front page of the Morning Star, I do not think that is of the direct relevance to my official engagements that you might wish, Mr. Speaker.

Photo of Peter Viggers Peter Viggers , Gosport

Will the right hon. Gentleman find time today to interview prospective holders of Government appointments, as presumably he met and knew Sir Richard Dobson before his appointment to British Leyland, even though the responsible Minister did not?

Photo of Mr Harold Lever Mr Harold Lever , Manchester Central

My reply related to official engagements. I hope that hon. Members are not under the impression that my official work for today consists of gratifying the more innocent curiosities of colleagues in the House.

Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Central

May I return to the subject of my right hon. Friend's official engagements? Has he forgotten that there may be a Division at about 7 o'clock tonight? Will he take part in that?

Photo of Mr Harold Lever Mr Harold Lever , Manchester Central

That thought had already occurred to those briefing me, but I came to the conclusion that it could not be accurately described as an official engagement.