Orders of the Day — Steel Industry and Road Haulage

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th November 1951.

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Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham 12:00 am, 12th November 1951

At two successive elections the electors of this country have voted in a majority for parties opposed to nationalisation. We pointed this out to the Labour Government in the last Parliament, and in view of the probability of an early election we pressed them to postpone vesting to the latest possible date. They paid no heed whatsoever to our appeals. Instead, apparently anticipating the General Election, they rushed their scheme into operation almost at the first possible moment. [An HON. MEMBER: "Ridiculous."] It is not ridiculous. The first possible date on which this scheme could have been brought in was January, 1951. It was brought in in February, 1951.