Borrowing Powers of Civil Aviation Authority

Part of Clause 1 – in the House of Commons at 10:18 pm on 1st February 1990.

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Photo of Mr Peter Snape Mr Peter Snape , West Bromwich East 10:18 pm, 1st February 1990

Actually, I was not there, but I had a very good reason. I was ill and unable to attend the conference at all—the first time for over 20 years that I had been deprived of a fraternal week by the sea.

I think that it was on the Tuesday of the conference week that my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston-upon-Hull, East (Mr. Prescott) made his usual pugnacious contribution, which—remarkably for a Labour party conference, because we do not usually go in for these things—was greeted with a standing ovation. It was not quite as tumultuous as the one that greeted the Minister's right hon. Friend, but then it was not as well rehearsed as the ones—