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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th November 1983.

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Photo of Mr Harry Cowans Mr Harry Cowans , Tyne Bridge 12:00 am, 17th November 1983

Will the Prime Minister reflect on her answer to my right hon. Friend the Leader of the Opposition, which will bring no consolation to the people of the north? Will the right hon. Lady further reflect that not so long ago she stood at the Dispatch Box and praised those people, who are now being called work-shy by one of her Ministers, for their efforts to get aircraft carriers to sea during the Falklands crisis? Although the right hon. Lady has made excuses for her hon. Friend, she has not withdrawn, on behalf of the Government, all of his remarks, nor has she dissociated herself from them. I plead with her to withdraw those remarks because they are an insult, not only to my constituents, but to her own constituents in the south.