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

The hon. Member for Heeley (Mr. P. Roberts) casts a little doubt on that. I was very interested to read in the "Sheffield Telegraph"—which is a Kemsley newspaper—on Wednesday, 7th November, that the "Sheffield Telegraph" sent out a reporter and a photographer to interview steel workers in Sheffield, and the Kemsley newspaper was able to find, among the nine people whose interviews they reported, only two who were against nationalisation, the other seven being for it. Hon. Members representing Sheffield ought to know that. If they are in any doubt they ought to go to the work gates any day of the week and check it for themselves.

What is the real issue? The speech of the hon. Member for Esher (Mr. Robson Brown) brought this out very sharply: The real issue between us is not the public control or the organisation of the industry but the ownership of the industry. That has been admitted in speeches by the Prime Minister and other hon. Members opposite.