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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th December 1973.

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Photo of Mr George Younger Mr George Younger , Ayr 12:00 am, 11th December 1973

I cannot give a definite date, but I understand that it will be a few weeks before we can expect to receive the recommendations.

I have taken quite long enough. I would close by once more saying to my hon. Friend that we very well appreciate how he and his constituents feel, but we feel, and my right hon. Friend feels, that, on balance, we have to take this difficult decision in the interests of the economy and of the steel industry in Scotland, which, in this case, call for some sacrifices, and one of them, I regret to say, may be some of the amenity in what is a very beautiful area.