§ Mr. George Brown
I have nothing to add to the Answer given on 15th July by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the Question by the hon. Member for Rutland and Stamford (Mr. Kenneth Lewis).
§ Sir C. Osborne
Whilst wishing the Minister well—[HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."]—which is more than half his half-witted hon. Friends do, may I ask him this? Is he aware that today's tape contains the most serious bit of information, namely, that for the first time for many years in July there is an increase in unemployment? Does not this foreshadow a very serious crisis? Will his plan meet that?
§ Mr. Brown
Considering how much pressure I get from hon. Members opposite that unemployment ought to rise, I find that a rather remarkable supplementary question. The hon. Gentleman is falling below his normal standard. I am sorry that the right hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Mr. Powell) should have groaned so loudly when the hon. Gentleman rose.
§ Mr. Ogden
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of a report in today's issue 1817 of the Sun which claims that when the national economic plan is published in September of this year, if I may quote—[HON. MEMBERS: "No."] The article explains that the target which some hon. Members on this side have been expecting for coal production is to be greatly reduced. Would my right hon. Friend take note of this statement and consider whether it would be wise to made a statement concerning this issue, which is causing great concern on this side of the House?
§ Mr. Speaker
I admire the hon. Gentleman's ingenuity, but it all adds up to a request to the Minister to confirm or deny something in a newspaper, which is out of order.