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 could not agree with the hon. Member more; if he was sent to this House as a comedian, it is the best speech he has ever made. From the comedy point of view, it was first-class. It was not on constructive lines, but on destructive lines right through.

I say with all sincerity that we should strive for a better feeling on both sides of industry, not only in the iron and steel industry but in every industry, because if we do not get that we shall not get out of our economic difficulties. It is for every hon. Member opposite and on this side of the House to do all he possibly can to create a better feeling between both sides of industry. Standing one on one side and one on the other, flying at each other's throats, will not get us anywhere. We must all realise that we have to pull together, irrespective of whether we are at the top or the bottom. I urge hon. Members opposite to try to think on lines of unity and on how they can bring both sides of industry together in the interests of the greater productivity of this country.