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 sorry—[HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."]—I did not mean to commit the Government. My intention was not to refer to the percentage of taxation. I was dealing with the operation of the tax and I am much obliged to the hon. Member for this question, if I gave a false impression. I was trying to follow the argument. The amount must be a matter for the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

I come to the last point which I want to put to the House. I am not going to follow the hon. Gentleman on the question whether the board is better than the present method because that argument has been made several times. I do remind the House that the board would have a purview over a much wider section of the industry than the Corporation. I believe that is important. The finishing processes are largely excluded from the Corporation's purview and are an important part of the industry which could be brought under the board.

I want hon. Gentlemen in all parts of the House to consider for a moment, as objectively as a party politician can, the problem which is before us today. It is this: that there are strong and firmly-felt differences between us as to the best organisation of industry.