At the first annual dinner of the Confederation of British Industry on 18th 11ay 1966.
The formation last year of the Confederation of British Industry marked an outstanding step forward in furthering still more the important progress that has been made year by year by your predecessor organisations in establishing the most efficient machinery to seek solutions to the problems of modern industry in this country . . . That this should be the first annual dinner of your newly constituted Confederation makes this an occasion of no little significance; that I should be invited to speak on this occasion and be given the opportunity to thank you, Mr. President, on behalf of all your many and distinguished guests this evening, I deem a great honour. I know I speak for all of them when I express to you, Mr. President, our very sincere thanks for your cordial hospitality. We will remember this evening for having had the honour to have attended this, your first annual dinner, and so joined with you in marking this milestone in the life of this important Confederation. The fundamental story that forms the theme of what I would like to speak about this evening is a success story.