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

I said that the Socialist Government had put it in a mess. [Interruption.] I have been too long in this House to be bullied. Hon. Members opposite think that they know everything about everything. Unfortunately, it has taken them six and a half years to find out that we have got so low as we have in this country. I am glad that a board is to be set up and that a certain amount of control is to be exercised in the steel industry. I think that is only right and proper.

I should like, in all seriousness, to put forward this point, and I should like the trade union leaders on the other side to consider it. I think that a great deal of credit would go to them if they would follow up this suggestion: Instead of thinking of nationalisation and having a nationalised mind—[HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."]—Hon. Members opposite have applauded before they have heard what I am going to say—why do they not get together and try to think out some co-partnership schemes for the industry? That would be a great deal more to their credit than going about preaching class strife and class warfare.

I appeal to the hon. Member for Rotherham not to make any more speeches such as that which he made this afternoon, because he is not putting the people in the industry in the right frame of mind.