Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th March 1996.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden , Birmingham, Northfield 12:00 am, 19th March 1996

The Prime Minister will no doubt remember that a few years ago the present Home Secretary was the Minister in charge of water privatisation. Does the Prime Minister recall what his right hon. and learned Friend said on 17 March 1989? He said that after privatisation it will entirely disappear as a political issue. No one will be talking about it at all. It will be in the private sector, delivering the goods. With 800 million gallons of water leaking away every day, and with the goings-on in Yorkshire, when the Prime Minister holds his crisis Cabinet meeting, where will he lay the blame for the lack of a water feel-good factor—on the privatised utilities or on the judgment of his right hon. and learned Friend?