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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:32 am on 27th April 2006.

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Photo of Jim Sheridan Jim Sheridan PPS (Team PPS), Ministry of Defence 11:32 am, 27th April 2006

My right hon. Friend knows that when people lose their jobs in the private sector, and especially in manufacturing, it is hardly mentioned in the press and the Opposition do not raise an eyebrow. However, when a fraction of the jobs lost in manufacturing is lost in the public sector, it becomes a national crisis and Opposition Members get out of their prams. What opportunities exist for a collective whinge for those in the private sector who lose their jobs daily?