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I hate to interrupt my noble friend in full flow, but may I point out to him that that plant in Durham is not a manufacturing plant, it is an assembly plant? That is the great weakness of British industry these days. We put together materials and trains that are built elsewhere. That is what we are going to do in Durham.
My Lords, I endorse everything my noble friend said. This SI represents a significant change, not just in our relationship with Europe, but as far as our industrial potential is concerned. For too long, this country has given away to, or allowed takeovers of its major industrial production by, foreign Governments. At the time of nationalisation, back in 1948, there were more than 150 railway...
My Lords, the House will be grateful to my noble friend for tabling this Motion to Regret—
Entered the House of Lords on 29 June 2004
Previously MP for West Bromwich East until 14 May 2001 — General election
Positions held at time of appointment: Labour Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East. (from Number 10 press release)
Entered the House of Commons on 28 February 1974 — General election
Also represented West Bromwich East
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Last updated: 14 May 2001.
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