HC Deb 23 July 1980 vol 989 cc539-40

Mr. David Watkins accordingly presented a Bill to transfer the British Steel Corporation works at Consett to the control of the people working there; and for purposes connected therewith: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be read a Second time tomorrow and to be printed [Bill 256.]

Mr. Mark Hughes (Durham)

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Clearly there is no opposition to the Bill. No hon. Member in the House wishes to impede its progress. Through you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I urge the Leader of the House to indicate that Government time will be given for the further consideration of the Bill at the earliest opportunity.

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine)

That is not a matter for the Chair. I am sure that that point will have been noted by the Government Front Bench.

Mr. Tony Marlow (Northampton, North)

Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The Bill is certainly not without support on the Conservative side of the House. When the Leader of the House is considering whether to put it through as soon as possible, will he bear in mind that there is support on this side of the House also?

Mr. Deputy Speaker

If the Bill had been without support the hon. Gentleman would have had the opportunity to oppose it had he so wished.