Economic Situation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th November 1973.

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Photo of Mr Michael McGuire Mr Michael McGuire , Ince 12:00 am, 5th November 1973

My hon. Friend mentioned Lord Robens and the emphasis which the White Paper in 1967 put on the wrong end. In other words, instead of deciding how much coal we could produce economically and building our energy policy around that, we lifted the crumbs off the table. Does my hon. Friend not agree that Lord Robens' words have unfortunately come true—namely, that the dearest form of energy for any country is that which is not there when it is wanted? Does he agree that Lord Robens' words have been borne out?