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 Douglas Johnston Mr Douglas Johnston , Paisley 12:00 am, 12th November 1951

Perhaps I might raise a point which may more properly be answered at the end of the debate by the Home Secretary. It is this. I understand that the purpose of the direction which is proposed to be given, or has been given, is to facilitate the ultimate return of the securities of the Iron and Steel Corporation to private ownership. I understand from the right hon. Gentleman that that is so. May I ask whether the Law Officers of the Crown have considered whether or not that is within the objects provided for by Sections 4 and 5 of the Act?