Steel Nationalisation (Discussions)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Power – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th May 1965.

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Photo of Mr William Yates Mr William Yates , The Wrekin 12:00 am, 25th May 1965

asked the Minister of Power what further discussions have now been held with the steel companies affected with regard to proposals, other than those laid down in the White Paper, for the future organisation of the industry.

Photo of Mr Frederick Lee Mr Frederick Lee , Newton

I wrote to the President of the British Iron and Steel Federation stating that I should be very willing to receive any representations from the Federation or from the individual companies within the ambit of the Prime Minister's statement of 12th May. I have not so far received any reply.

Photo of Mr William Yates Mr William Yates , The Wrekin

Since the Minister says that he believes only in 100 per cent. nationalisation, how does he expect the companies to reply, and, secondly, does he not realise that this industry as well as the rest of the country no longer trusts either the Prime Minister or the present Government?

Photo of Mr David Griffiths Mr David Griffiths , Rother Valley

The Tories do not trust the hon. Gentleman.

Photo of Mr Frederick Lee Mr Frederick Lee , Newton

I do not think that I could improve on the reply given by my hon. Friend.

Several Hon. Members:

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Photo of Mr William Yates Mr William Yates , The Wrekin

I regret that I did not hear the reply which the Minister gave to my supplementary question. Would he care to repeat it?

Photo of Mr Frederick Lee Mr Frederick Lee , Newton

The hon. Gentleman concluded his supplementary question by saying that the industry and the country did not trust my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister or the Government, to which one of my hon. Friends replied that the party opposite did not trust the hon. Gentleman, either.

Photo of Mr William Yates Mr William Yates , The Wrekin

On a point of order. The sort of reply which the Minister just gave, which was to repeat something said on the back benches, is not really good enough. I beg to give notice that I shall raise this matter on the Adjournment.