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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th December 1973.

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Photo of Mr James Prior Mr James Prior , Lowestoft 12:00 am, 6th December 1973

Yes, Sir. I think it will be necessary to have a debate on a number of issues, relating to energy and oil and to the economic situation, within the period between now and the Christmas Recess. My hon. Friend has made a perfectly fair point. But even in times such as my hon. Friend has described—[HON. MEMBERS : "Crisis."]—and in times of an oil crisis such as we have now, the task of the Government and the process of supply and legislation have to go on. It is right that it should go on, but we should also take note and take the necessary action to ensure that the House of Commons can debate these matters.