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 Roland Jennings Mr Roland Jennings , Sheffield, Hallam 12:00 am, 12th November 1951

That is the sort of talk we get from Members opposite. I listened to the speech of the hon. Member for Rotherham. I would say this in all sincerity. I represent no sectional interest in this House. We are appealing today for greater productivity in industry, and I think that we shall only get that greater productivity in industry by a complete change in the hearts and minds of all sections of our people. I believe that the speech of the hon. Member for Rotherham is more likely than any speech that has been made to do harm and interfere with greater productivity—[Interruption.] I am not referring to the hon. Member for Accrington (Mr. H. Hynd). There are other Members in this House besides him.

I say that with any doubt the Opposition have got themselves into a difficulty. The right hon. Member for Vauxhall (Mr. G. R. Strauss) may laugh, but I do not think his then Parliamentary Secretary made one contribution during the Standing Committee on the methods to be adopted under nationalisation. The Bill was rushed through the House and Standing Committee. What happened? In such circumstances we get bad legislation. We get a lack of wisdom and thought.