HC Deb 20 November 1979 vol 974 c202
Q1. Mr. Cryer

asked the Prime Minister when she next proposes to visit West Yorkshire.

The Prime Minister (Mrs. Margaret Thatcher)

I have at present no plans to do so.

Mr. Cryer

Does the Prime Minister agree that freedom of speech is important in West Yorkshire, as in the rest of the country? Will she condemn the wrecking tactics of British Leyland management in seeking to victimise a shop steward who has a different opinion from that of the management? Will she support the trade union leaders and workers who are taking action to defend freedom of speech in this country? Does she also agree that Michael Edwardes is becoming increasingly like the mole of British Leyland—wrecking the firm from within?

The Prime Minister

As the hon. Gentleman knows, these are matters for the management of British Leyland and not for me. I shall leave the management of British Leyland to the management.