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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th February 1981.

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Photo of Mr Michael Foot Mr Michael Foot , Ebbw Vale 12:00 am, 19th February 1981

A few minutes ago the Prime Minister referred to the possibility of a statement on the steel industry next week. Is the right hon. Gentleman proposing to have a debate on that subject before we have that statement, or will the statement and the debate take place next week? As the right hon. Lady also referred to the Government's desire for swift and decisive action, may I ask whether we can have swift and decisive action on the crisis in the water industry? Will the right hon. Gentleman make a statement on that crisis today, tomorrow or at the beginning of next week? There is a real need for swift and decisive action on that matter.