Monday 13th July 1981
Prior on the Radio - the Chancellor must find the money ! Meeting with GH [Sir Geoffrey Howe] and Leon Brittan. Civil servants (Dixon) anxious for cosmetic solutions . Brittan keen on my package. (also Robin Ibbs supported it but thought that TUs would oppose). Talk of Compulsion - recruiting youths in Liverpool etc. to clear up the city (I said it was silly and v. expensive in management and administration).
Saw Ralph Howells (MP) - splendid honest fellow - he wants to help - suggested he talk to PM about Reagan s budget cutting measures.