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Clause 1. — (Machinery and Plant.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Industrial Development Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th August 1966.

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Photo of Mr John Hynd Mr John Hynd , Sheffield, Attercliffe 12:00 am, 11th August 1966

That is precisely what puzzles me about it, because the hon. Gentleman was talking about the tremendous pressure on hotel accommodation, particularly from tourists to this country. I should have thought that if there was this tremendous demand, the hotel industry would be doing well out of it. I am rather concerned about why it is not.

Normally, when one is asking for Government subsidies for a private concern, it is in order to assist that concern to attract business. In this case, it seems that the business is there, but that the hotel industry is either unable to cater for it, or is only anxious to get public money in order to supplement what it can now make out of the business. We hear much talk from hon. Members opposite about free enterprise and about those who take the risks being entitled to their rewards, and so on, which seems to be rather difficult to fit with their present arguments and constant demands for more and more public subsidies for a purely private enterprise activity.

It is because of that that I ask for further information. I am not making any assertions, but there are many laymen on this subject in the House, and I am sure that I shall be asked in my constituency why it is necessary for an industry, which itself says that it is pressed with more and more business, to have a public subsidy and why it is not capable of absorbing that business and not able to pay its way.