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 cannot speak for the hon. Gentleman. I am speaking for the great majority of the House and I put this point for the consideration of the House. I have tried to be very restrained. I believe that, apart from the hon. Member, there are strong and firmly-felt divisions between us as to the best method of re-organisation of industry. If these views are strongly and sincerely felt, the question of reversal must come up. It follows. It is a consequence of the strength and sincerity with which both sides hold their views. I fully realise that the suggestion of a reversal of a policy to which hon. Gentlemen are sincerely attached will cause disappointment and pain, but I sincerely put this consideration before the House as a House. I hope hon. Gentlemen will think I am sincere in putting it, and I should just like them to try this approach to the problem.

Let us look for a moment at the common objective which both our different actions seek to attain. It is the prosperity of the industry—[HON. MEMBERS: "No."]—the prosperity of the industry— as a whole, and—