Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in a public speech at Middlesbrough recently his hon. and learned Friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury accused the National Coal Board of grossly over-ordering steel when steel was short and of now living on stocks? Does he agree with that criticism, and does he think it right that Ministers in the Government should criticise the policy of the nationalised industries?
I have seen the very offensive remarks the hon. Member made about my hon. and learned Friend. That the Coal Board's reduction of steel stocks was greater proportionately than that of steel-users generally is a matter for its commercial judgment.