Government Economic Policies

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 9:20 pm on 20th January 1987.

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Photo of Mr Seamus Mallon Mr Seamus Mallon , Newry and Armagh 9:20 pm, 20th January 1987

Mr. Speaker, you have given me exactly one minute. I should like to say thanks; had I more time I would say, thank you very much.

That the only representative from the North of Ireland—the region with the highest rate of unemployment, the highest cost of electricity, gas, coal and food, and the lowest rate of wages—is allowed a one-minute contribution to the debate convinces me that the motion, which says that the economic situation has led to a divided nation, is right. Indeed, I might conclude that it is an ill-divided nation.