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Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 4:09 pm on 12th April 2000.

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Photo of Patrick McLoughlin Patrick McLoughlin Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons) 4:09 pm, 12th April 2000

I remind the Secretary of State of what he told the House on 15 February. He said that it was a question of viability and added: The Government will consider very closely the need to include a provision that would enable a subsidy to be provided where appropriate to do so. Indeed, there will be a Government amendment to that effect.—[Official Report, 15 February 2000; Vol. 344, c. 805.] Why did the Government fail to table that amendment in Committee?