The Polish Parliament, the Sejm, has ended its session devoted to the 1983 budget and long-term economic planning.
1. SV Sejm Marshal, Mr. Gucwa calling vote at podium as parliamentarians listen; GV Sejm members as vote is called (3 shots) (POLISH SOT) 0.30
2. SV Marshal Gucwa calling vote; TV Sejm members; Marshal Gucwa banging ceremonial staff on floor (3 shots) (POLISH SOT) 0.55
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Background: WARSAW, POLAND
The Polish Parliament, the Sejm, has ended its session devoted to the 1983 budget and long-term economic planning. On December 29 a series of measures aimed at balancing supplies, prices and wages were passed. The present wage system will be linked to higher productivity and better management. The 1983 budget will be the first under a new system of decentralised planning. Responsibility will rest with individual ministries, industrial associations and factories. Government projections for the next year include a rise in the Western debt of some three billion dollars. Industrial production is expected to grow by four per cent with an overall 2.5 per cent rise in national income, the main growth factor. The budget is expected to bring about modest improvement in growth after several years of economic decline. The country's economic planning chief, Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Obodowski, reiterated the government's readiness for talks on rescheduling the debts to Western governments. He told the Sejm that Poland was prepared for an agreement which would not harm the country's basic interests and which would not mean excessive cuts in imports.