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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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In his concluding remarks, the right hon. Gentleman said something about the Government keeping this matter under review. I invite him to say whether that is just a form of words or whether he really means it and that it is indeed the Government's intention to look at the situation of the industry. This is not a party point. I can be as rude as he would like about the record of Conservative Governments in looking at this problem in a clear and coherent way. I ask for an undertaking, if we are not to have this Amendment, that the words of the right hon. Gentleman are not just a mere form but are seriously meant so that the part the industry can play in our balance of payments situation will be looked into in future.