Oral Answers to Questions — Public Expenditure

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th March 1979.

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Photo of Mr Harold Lever Mr Harold Lever , Manchester Central 12:00 am, 5th March 1979

I do not know that there are any hatchet men among the Civil Service, in spite of the one-sided leaks that one reads about. The Government's approach to public expenditure is based on a rather broader vision than that of the Conservative Party. I am afraid that I cannot go along with my hon. Friend in believing that it would be appropriate to procure an immediate £3 billion increase in public expenditure. I am as keen as he is to move away from the grossly excessive levels of unemployment in the Western world, including those in our own country. But I do not think that a simpliste remedy of that kind will produce the results my hon. Friend wishes.