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    On his first full day as Britain's new Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Wilson -- on?

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    On his first full day as Britain's new Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Wilson -- on Tuesday 5 March -- announced the members of his Cabinet team and then began talks with representatives of the Trades Union Congress and the employers' organisation (The Confederation of British Industry) aimed at getting the country back to full working.

    Mr. Wilson has picked an experienced Cabinet team to manage Britain's battered economy. But one surprise was the appointment of Michael Foot as Employment Secretary with the immediate job of ending the coal miners' strike, which led to three-day working in Britain's industry.

    Mr. Food, a noted left-winger within the British Labour Party's spectrum of democratic socialism, has -- since 1960 -- represented the Welsh coal mining constituency of Ebbw Vale. His talks with the ???iners began immediately.

    Roy Jenkins, who broke with the majority of the Labour leadership in 1971 to support British entry to the European Common Market, comes back into the Cabinet as Home Secretary (Interior Minister).

    The key financial post of Chancellor of the Exchequer has gone to Dennis Healey.

    One of the most senior and experienced politicians in the Labour Party, Mr. James Callahan, has been named Foreign Secretary. Since 1947 he has either held Ministerial office when Labour was in power or a Shadow-Cabinet post when the party was in opposition.

    Mr. Anthony Wedgwood-Benn is the new British Minister for Industry, Mr. Anthony Crosland Minister for the Environment, and Eric Varley (who was once a coalminer) in Minister for Industry.

    Sterling rose almost five cents against the dollar on the international exchange markets, reflecting international hopes for an early end of the miners' strike as well as relief at the ending of national uncertainty.

    Mr. Len Murray, General-Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (representing 10 million organised workers), said -- approvingly -- that the new Government was not letting any grass grow under its feet.

    Mr. Jack Jones, leader of the Transport workers and one of the nation's most powerful trade union leaders, said Mr. Foot's appointment as Employment Secretary was a good sign.

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