HC Deb 17 March 1970 vol 798 c186
19. Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is now his estimate of the probably percentage increase in gross domestic product at factor cost in the current financial year.

Mr. Diamond

I would ask the hon. Gentleman to await the detailed economic forecasts to be published with my right hon. Friend's Budget statement.

Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

Could the right hon. Gentleman possibly do some sums on the back of the Dispatch Box now and tell us whether the shortfall in the rate of growth of the nation's resources over the five years of Labour Government as compared with the rate of growth over the preceding five years is 40 per cent. less, or a greater or lesser amount?

Mr. Diamond

I do not know what the rules of order are about doing sums on the Dispatch Box but I think that the suggestion I have made is the best one. Let us wait until we have the figures. Then we can base solid argument on them.

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