HC Deb 22 July 1986 vol 102 c178
Q3. Mr. McLoughlin

asked the Prime Minister whether she has any plans to visit West Derbyshire.

The Prime Minister

I have at present no plans to do so.

Mr. McLoughlin

My constituents in West Derbyshire will be sorry to hear that my right hon. Friend has no plans to visit West Derbyshire at present. If she were able to visit West Derbyshire, they would tell her of their pleasure about yesterday's announcement by the Post Office of record profits and about the recent announcement of the profits of the—[Interruption.]

Mr. Speaker

Order. The hon. Gentleman has not been here for very long and he should be given consideration in asking his question.

Mr. McLoughlin

They would also tell her of their pleasure about profits recently announced by British Steel, the first profits for 11 years. Does my right hon. Friend not agree that that those profits hold out the prospects of a better future for the people who work in those industries than the major losses that were made when the Opposition were in government?

The Prime Minister

Yes. I join my hon. Friend in congratulating both the management and the workforce of British Steel on turning a £1 billion loss into a £38 million profit. It is excellent news. I congratulate, similarly, the management and workforce of the Post Office and Girobank, who have exceeded all the targets that the Government set for them. I will one day visit West Derbyshire.

Mr. Cyril Smith

If the Prime Minister did decide to visit West Derbyshire, does she think that it would increase or reduce the 100 Tory majority?

The Prime Minister

I am only after increasing the Tory majority.

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