Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Anthony Barber pledged the government's determination to win the battle against rising prices and unemployment.
OLD AGE PENSIONERS DEMONSTRATING OUTSIDE CONFERENCE, WOMEN ??? PENSIONERS NEED MORE MONEY, DELEGATE'S SPEAKING TO DEMONSTRATORS, MR. BARBER ADDRESSING THE CONFERENCE.
TRANSCRIPT: OLD AGE PENSIONER: "We are here today to say that we can't live on less, just at present, than eight pounds a week, eight pound, and a couple--a married couple--fourteen pound a week."
MR. BARBER: "The expansion that we planned for has been slow in coming. But sales in the shops are now rising, and there is a growing optimism in British industry. Taxes are down. Interest and mortgage rates are down. Private house building is booming. we have repaid most of the debts run up by the Labour government, and our reserves now stand at a record level. I have no doubt, that over the coming year, the rate of increase in the cost of living will come down, and I have no doubt that unemployment will come down."
THE SOUND ON FILM INCLUDES A BRIEF STATEMENT BY ONE OF THE DEMONSTRATORS, AS WELL AS A PORTION OF THE ADDRESS BY MR. BARBER. A TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS.
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Background: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Anthony Barber pledged the government's determination to win the battle against rising prices and unemployment. Speaking in Brighton on Thursday (14 October), the Finance Minister was addressing the Conservative Party's Annual Conference on its second day. He said that expansion had been slow in coming, but that sales in shops were rising and British industry was optimistic.
At the opening of the five-day conference on Wednesday (13 October), delegates supported Britain's entry into the Common Market by 2,474 votes to 324, after three-hours of debate.
Delegates arriving for Thursday's session were greeted by a small group of old-age pensioners, who were demonstrating for increased allowances.