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 Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough 12:00 am, 12th November 1951

I was not quite sure whether it would be in order for me to intervene, but I am very glad—[Interruption.] I am not speaking to the Amendment. I am merely replying, as a matter of courtesy, to the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Lewisham, South (Mr. H. Morrison). I think that possibly the difficulty in which he finds himself arises from the fact that the Amendment does deal with two different subjects.

I think it is quite reasonable that the Government should be allowed to conduct their side of the debate as they choose for the better convenience of all hon. Members, bearing in mind the constant desire that debates should not be overloaded by long speeches by too many Members of the Front Bench. It is for that reason that we hope that the debate can proceed, as, I am sure, it will—and, of course, more speeches will be made the fewer the interruptions that take place. I must say that I think that my right hon. Friend the Minister of Supply had a very hard hearing from hon. Gentlemen opposite. I should hope, therefore, that the debate could proceed, and the Government's case will be stated in due course.