In view of the low morale in the steel industry, have the Government made clear to the new Chairman of the Corporation that he can rely on the total support of the Government for the Corporation's programme to make the industry competitive and profitable?
Of course, the Chairman will get our co-operation. A great deal of work has been done over the last few months. Discussions took place at the turn of the year between the Corporation and unions and an agreement was reached. If that agreement is implemented, there will be improvements.
A great deal of work has to be done on this. The nationalised industries' financial targets are in a mess because of the incompetent interference by the previous Administration in the prices structure.
When my right hon. Friend has discussions with the chairmen of the nationalised industries, will he ask them to examine their lines of communications with middle management?
I agree with my hon. Friend that those at the point of production must know the corporations' plans. The policy of developing industrial democracy and strengthening it, in consultation with the nationalised industries, will contribute to that.