§ Mr. Fletcher-Cooke
As we are still in a state of economic crisis, will the Minister try once again to negotiate a compromise with the steel industry in this matter instead of dividing the nation in these difficult times by pursuing the old-fashioned White Paper nationalisation policy?
§ Mr. Marsh
The argument for nationalising the steel industry is precisely that it will aid the nation's long-term economic plans. I would have thought that, having waited for such a long time—right 263 until 10th May—before proposals arrived which it was obvious to everyone were totally unacceptable, there was not much point in going on much longer.
§ Mr. Park
As in two successive General Elections the people of this country have expressed their clear support for the principle of nationalisation, does not my right hon. Friend agree that the Steel Bill should be introduced as soon as possible?
§ Mr. Barber
Does the Minister realise that the evidence shows that the majority of the electors of this country are not in favour of steel nationalisation? [HON. MEMBERS: "NO."] Secondly, does not the—[Interruption.]
§ Mr. Barber
On the question of timing to which the right hon. Gentleman referred, does he realise that at a time when Britain is in the midst of a dangerous economic crisis, and becoming increasingly reliant on overseas support for the £, it is the height of irresponsibility to press on with steel nationalisation?