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 David Maxwell Fyfe Mr David Maxwell Fyfe , Liverpool, West Derby 12:00 am, 12th November 1951

I am sure that the hon. Member for Perry Bar (Mr. Poole) is trying to follow the argument. The argument which I have advanced is this: that in order to have an efficient transport system we must have local application; that the method laid down by the Transport Act, 1947, will not fulfil the intentions of the Act and will not give an efficient system; that if we are to introduce local application, as I suggest we should, we must give full weight to a licensing system. The hon. Gentleman will find that set out in the election manifesto, and I intended him to believe that it was one of the foundations not only of my argument but also of our intended action.