Government Trading Funds Bill

Part of New Schedule – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th June 1973.

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Photo of Mr Peter Rees Mr Peter Rees , Dover 12:00 am, 19th June 1973

I do not wish to enlarge the scope of the debate, but I have been moved by certain observations of the hon. Member for Dearne Valley (Mr. Wainwright) to intervene briefly. As in his consituency, so in mine, nationalised industry is a significant employer of labour. I and other Conservative hon. Members criticise the nationalised industries not in any hostile spirit, but because we are in a sense responsible for them; we are the shareholders of those industries. If we do not criticise them, who will? Who is to provide the jury by which their performance is to be tested?