HC Deb 15 November 1944 vol 404 cc1959-60
47. Commander Agnew

asked the Prime Minister if he will introduce legislation in the forthcoming Session to nationalise the rights in minerals other than oil and coal and to provide appropriate compensation for the present owners.

The Prime Minister

No, Sir.

Commander Agnew

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is much support from those engaged in conducting these industries from the point of view of private enterprise for the view that the continued retention of these rights in private hands, particularly where deposits are contiguous, is a serious obstacle to their efficient winning?

The Prime Minister

Well, these are some of the opinions which will no doubt be ventilated in due course.

Mr. Shinwell

Will the right hon. Gentleman tell me and the House how it is possible for him to resist a Conservative demand for nationalisation?

The Prime Minister

One swallow does not make a summer.