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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 27th May 1982.

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Photo of Mr Michael Foot Mr Michael Foot , Ebbw Vale 3:30 pm, 27th May 1982

I do not think that the right hon. Gentleman's reply about the railway crisis is anything like sufficient. Although several of my hon. Friends took the opportunity to raise the matter in the debate on the adjournment, that is quite different from having a debate in which the Government are required to reply. Their reply on the subject was totally inadequate, and as the right hon. Gentleman gave it himself he must be a better authority on that matter than anyone else. I would have thought that he would have been only too eager to accept my request. I again urge him, before this crisis explodes, to provide the House of Commons with a chance to discuss it in Government time.