House of Commons Modernisation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:03 pm on 20th November 2000.

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Photo of Angela Browning Angela Browning Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 7:03 pm, 20th November 2000

The hon. Gentleman is generous. I should like to pick up on a point made by the hon. Member for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush (Mr. Soley). If Labour Members see it as part of their job to feed information to the Government of the day, I presume that they were feeding to their Whips and Ministers the anxiety in the country about the price of fuel. If that was the case and they were doing their job, why were the Government surprised and shocked when the fuel crisis began? Should not they have been fully alerted by Labour Members?