Steel Industry

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th February 1970.

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Photo of Sir Keith Joseph Sir Keith Joseph , Leeds North East 12:00 am, 16th February 1970

Both the right hon. Member for Greenwich (Mr. Marsh) and the Paymaster-General are replying as if the Opposition were criticising the Government for not having built new steel works. That is not the point. The criticism has been that nationalisation was introduced in order to increase productivity per man and to rationalise. But one sees from the report of the N.B.P.I. that reduction of manpower, through wastage and other humane means, has not been begun.