Tokyo Summit Meeting

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd July 1979.

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Photo of Mrs Margaret Thatcher Mrs Margaret Thatcher The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 12:00 am, 3rd July 1979

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for raising that first point. I want to make it clear that I never made any suggestion that energy prices should not be taken into account in the retail price index. Such a suggestion was made, but not by me. Any suggestion made about excluding energy prices from the RPI seems to me totally and utterly ridiculous. I am delighted to condemn such a statement.

On the question of nuclear power, some AGRs are already on stream and I believe that they will be perfectly safe. Indeed, neither Government would have given permission to go ahead unless they were convinced of that.