HC Deb 10 June 1969 vol 784 c1220
42. Mr. Patrick McNair-Wilson

asked the Minister of Power whether he has yet approved the investment programme of the British Steel Corporation; and if he wil make a statement.

Mr. Freeson

My right hon. Friend is considering it now.

Mr. McNair-Wilson

Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that the N.B.P.I. Report on steel prices is a monstrous intereference with the commercial practice of the British Steel Corporation? What effect does he think it will have on the investment programme which his right hon. Friend is currently drawing up?

Mr. Freeson

My right hon. Friend will make a further statement on the Report to the House as soon as possible. In the meantime, I comment in a similar spirit to that in which I answered the hon. Member for Cirencester and Tewkesbury (Mr. Ridley): I would not accept the hon. Gentleman as the best spokesman for the publicly-owned steel industry.