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Iran (Temporary Powers) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:50 pm on 12th May 1980.

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Photo of Mr Leslie Huckfield Mr Leslie Huckfield , Nuneaton 9:50 pm, 12th May 1980

I was trying to convey to the House the sense of urgency and the belief, as I am sure the Minister will agree, that the distinction between present contracts and future contracts is not clear. The impression has been given that many of my constituents need have no worry. Until the legal situation is clarified about what constitutes a breach of contract, I believe that my constituents have every reason to be worried. The House is talking about the possible threat ultimately to 19,000 jobs in the whole of Talbot United Kingdom. We could be talking about the ultimate threat to about 100,000 jobs in component suppliers and distribution. It is a figure of that magnitude.

There is nothing in the Bill about compensation for those affected. I hope that the Minister will refer to the matter.