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

The right hon. Gentleman's arithmetic has never been his strong point, but if he adds the Liberal vote he will find a different picture. May I remind him that a careful reading of other parties' manifestoes is an understandable weakness in a party leader like himself, but he must not think I am blaming him for that. It is difficult enough to read and construct a manifesto of one's own party, and we all appreciate that about the right hon. Gentleman. I would remind him that the manifesto of the Liberal Party says: In particular, we opposed the Act for the nationalisation of the iron and steel industry. This we would repeal. That is clear enough, and on that there is a majority of votes in the country against nationalisation and there is a majority of the Members of this House against it. In the last House, although the Government had a majority of half a dozen votes, there was still a majority of votes in the country against them. And I submit that my argument is not only reasonable but overwhelming on that point.