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Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:00 pm on 23rd March 2011.

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Photo of Stuart Bell Stuart Bell Labour, Middlesbrough 2:00 pm, 23rd March 2011

That might be the figure in the hon. Gentleman’s part of the world, but it might not be a figure in other parts of the world.

Let me get back to the point—we created a balance between the public sector and the private sector and we believed that that balance was right for our country. In the north-east of England, when we lost manufacturing jobs, steel jobs, coal jobs and shipbuilding jobs, they were absorbed into the public sector. Those who worked in the public sector created careers for themselves. My hon. Friend Mr Jones made this point: there was a relationship between the public and private sectors. They worked together.