If my right hon. Friend is unable to visit my constituency, will he consider suggesting to the Leader of the Opposition that she pays yet another visit? Is he aware that in Gravesend we have a large immigrant population and a successful community relations council which is supported by all parties? Is my right hon. Friend aware that Conservative supporters in my constituency are concerned that they are now led by a person who has refused to dissociate herself from the racialist campaign being conducted by the Conservative candidate in the Stechford by-election?
I am glad that it is an all-party campaign in Gravesend. I have noted that the Conservative Party, perhaps even more especially when in Government, has taken a responsible attitude to matters of immigration and race relations. I was glad that the Home Secretary appointed David Lane as the chairman of one of these bodies. It was drawn to my attention that the Conservative candidate at Stechford had certainly gone beyond what is Conservative Party policy, and I hope that a dissociation from that may be made.
Is the Prime Minister aware that, as this matter was raised last
Tuesday and I was not aware of the basic leaflet to which it referred—a leaflet published some seven months ago—I naturally did not rise? I have seen it, and our policy remains—I am in some difficulty because in theory I am not allowed to quote from documents in asking a question but perhaps I may refresh my memory plentifully—that
We believe that we will only succeed in maintaining and securing tolerance for all minority groups in this country by holding out the clear prospect of an end to immigration.
That is official policy. Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the leaflet referred to
the interests of good race relations in the future
and finished by stating
What do Labour say?
We know what the former Chief Whip of the Labour Party, the right hon. Member for Bermondsey (Mr. Mellish), says about immigration, but what does the Prime Minister say?
I was endeavouring to make it possible for the right hon. Lady to make a positive statement on immigration and race relations. The policy of ending all immigration would clearly be inhuman and has not been Conservative policy. The ending of all immigration would mean that no dependants and no wives could join those who are in this country. I hope that the right hon. Lady will reflect on the matter, because that is not the policy enunciated in her own document.