I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for noting this point. Does he agree that any supplier takes a risk in extending credit which the Government do not take, and that, therefore, it would be seemly if the Government took last place in the queue instead of jumping ahead of those trade creditors?
There are considerable complications in the allocation of priorities in bankruptcies. I understand my hon. Friend's feelings. However, I am sure that he appreciates that any change in priorities, where there are competing claims to consider, needs the most careful examination. As I indicated, we have noted the problem.