Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]
Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, Labour)
I must disappoint my hon. Friend: I had not planned to speak. However, may I lend some support to her advice to the Opposition? If they really want to change policies and make progress, which may be the case, they would be extremely wise not to refer too often to their record in government, not least because, even in the Disability Discrimination Act, Mr. Hague steadfastly resisted the introduction of the Disability Rights Commission. I remembered that when I saw in the new year's honours list that its chair, Sir Bert Massey, had received a well-deserved knighthood—although I am not sure that that would have been widely shared.