Mr Jack Diamond: It is certainly the case that the larger the number of points of collection of the tax the greater the number of individuals engaged in supervising it.
Mr Jack Diamond: The hon. Member for Glasgow, Cathcart (Mr. Edward M. Taylor) is always asking questions to which full and adequate answers have already been given. If he will be good enough to refer to the answers given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and my right hon. Friend and Foreign Secretary, he will find that that question has been fully answered.
Mr Jack Diamond: With your permission, Mr. Speaker, and that of the House, I wish to make a further statement about the supply of Government publications to Parliament. The House will recall that on 20th October I explained that, owing to unofficial industrial action in the London presses and binderies of Her Majesty's Stationery Office, there was interference with the supply of Parliamentary and other...
Mr Jack Diamond: The backlog is being caught up with. A copy of HANSARD—not the printed edition, but a copy of the OFFICIAL REPORT, or a series of copies—is available in the Library and any hon. Member who wishes to refer to it may do so in the Library the following day. All I can do is to keep the inconvenience, which I sincerely regret, to a minimum. I was then asked what methods were proposed to...
Mr Jack Diamond: The Order Paper is being circulated to hon. Members so that they can see the Notices of Motions and Questions. I have already explained the position about HANSARD and the steps which are being taken to minimise the inconvenience to hon. Members. I very much regret this inconvenience. I am delighted to see that at least the hon. Member for Worcestershire, South (Sir G. Nabarro) knew that the...
Mr Jack Diamond: That is a matter for Mr. Speaker.
Mr Jack Diamond: There is delay not attributable to the printing, but to the distribution and finishing work. The difficulty arises because a number of men in a particular chapel have decided to work to rule. I cannot say when those men will make up their minds to work more normally.
Mr Jack Diamond: I have already explained the situation about HANSARD being available in the Library the following day. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will let me know if he is unable to see a copy of HANSARD almost immediately—that is to say the following day, which is as early as would be the case in normal circumstances. I fully recognise that there is inconvenience.
Mr Jack Diamond: There is no strike.
Mr Jack Diamond: The original statement spoke of a go-slow. I hope that I have not confused the matter by referring later on to a work-to-rule. I believe that it is virtually the same thing. The effect is that there is no strike but a particular chapel is not producing work as fast as it is sent to them, and therefore there are delays. I had understood that there was more than one copy of HANSARD available in...
Mr Jack Diamond: There is no question of evasion. I should be deceiving the House if I used the word "strike" when it was the wrong word. There was an unofficial strike, but after certain negotiations the men returned to work. A number of chapels decided to return to work, but one chapel has decided to go slow.
Mr Jack Diamond: But it is not possible to say why people go slow. [HON. MEMBERS : "0h."] It is certainly a reasonable deduction that the terms of the arrangement under which there was a return to work generally were found by some to be more acceptable than they were found by others.
Mr Jack Diamond: What is to be understood is that there are many reasons for a go-slow. Some of them are more subtle than the right hon. Gentleman would give credence to.
Mr Jack Diamond: There have been discussions at a variety of levels with the union concerned. That is why I thought that it would be misleading the House if I said that there was a strike on. There is not.
Mr Jack Diamond: indicated dissent.
Mr Jack Diamond: A team from the International Monetary Fund came to London in August. This was one of the regular consultations which under the arrangements already announced, precede each purchase on our current phased stand-by. The August consultation was related to the purchase we made in September. The talks were confidential, as is usual.
Mr Jack Diamond: My right hon. Friend did not make a statement of policy and I am not aware of a report having been issued by Mr. Schweitzer.
Mr Jack Diamond: The hon. Gentleman knows that these discussions are confidential.
Mr Jack Diamond: The last is an interesting but separate question. On the former question, the course of domestic credit expansion, to which I imagine my hon. Friend is referring, is satisfactory and compatible with our economic objectives and policies.
Mr Jack Diamond: The trouble is that the hon. Gentleman has no accurate knowledge of the comments made by my right hon. Friend.