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 Fred Mulley Mr Fred Mulley , Sheffield Park 12:00 am, 12th November 1951

If the hon. Member for Hallam (Mr. Jennings), will read in HANSARD the steel debate which took place in the emergency Session of Parliament a year ago, he will see what he said. He did not rise in his place but he shouted out, as is so often his custom: "You have done the job too well."

Anyone who voted Labour, clearly voted knowing that we nationalised steel and did not intend to de-nationalise it. Hon. Gentlemen opposite cannot say the same about everyone who voted Conservative. They may have voted in the mistaken belief—as they now know it was—that the Conservatives would bring down the cost of living or provide more food, or more houses. The hon. Member for Heeley plastered the walls of his constituency with posters, not about steel, but about the cost of living and "Socialist mismanagement." He comes here to support a Government that puts on more Socialist controls than ever we did.