They must see clearly that when these vast orders for munitions are no more given, and when the munition shops have, perhaps almost at a moment's notice, to shut up, there will be a Crisis in Industry in this country.
It is particularly necessary to hold an inquiry immediately, not only on the general grounds which have been stated in the Debate, but because there is at this moment a very serious Crisis in the Industry, and it is to that crisis that I wish to address my remarks.
Sir NEWTON MOORE asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the-critical position of the heavy iron and steel industry and the damaging effect any financial Crisis in This Industry would have on British industry generally, he will indicate what steps the Government propose to take to meet the situation?
Nobody wants to work longer hours or take less wages, but the Crisis in the Industry has to he passed over, and I cannot for the life of me see why hon. Members live so much in the past and dwell so much on all that has been wrong 941 in the past, and not face the present.
The House of Commons has to bring the Government back to reality, and that reality is that we are now passing through the gravest Crisis in Industry, commerce, and agriculture that we have known since the War.
Members are oppressed, and rightly oppressed, at the great Crisis in Industry, and I am confident that once again the country and this House will not create further difficulties, but will take a longer and a wider view.
Mr. LOUIS SMITH asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, since the prospects of the season's sugar-beet crop are imperilled by the delay in arriving at an agreement between the farmers and the sugar-beet factories, the Government intend to recommend assistance in bridging over the Crisis in the Industry in order to obviate the closing of factories and the restricted cultivation of sugar-beet crops?
On the other hand, undoubtedly we have a great Crisis in Industry.
It will keep the work going, it will give time to continue negotiations and, I believe, to come to agreement, and I believe that with co-operation and a mutual appreciation of the requirements and the difficulties of the trade, it will enable a more permanent settlement to be readied without involving any other Crisis in the Industry.
It is very necessary that we should find some means of adjusting the great Crisis in the Industry by a compensation scheme which will not only take care of the coal owner but of the shifted man power displaced by a colliery going out of existence under the scheme.
or less per week, were, especially during last summer, sending in vastly increased quantities which resulted in the home market being seriously jeopardised and caused a serious Crisis in the Industry.
It is fully appreciated that a long continuance of the present Crisis in the Industry renders necessary a 2098 careful review of the mode and extent of the assistance to be granted to it, and such a review will be completed in advance of the next season.
I am sorry to bore the House with these figures but I think they indicate the core and kernel of the Crisis in This Industry.
I am certain that by good information and good instructions the hight hon. Gentleman can relate his recruiting campaign to the shortage of manpower and the Crisis in Industry through which we are passing at the present time.
I am excepting from that statement the National Film Corporation, which I concede to the President has certainly been a great help in time of very severe Crisis in the Industry.
If the process of long periods of uncertainty and stagnation, which I say is an inevitable result of the decision to de-nationalise the industry continues, or if the ridiculous measures which some papers have prophesied - I do not know with what accuracy - of a hotch potch of private and public enterprise, mixing the worst features of both, were applied, the Crisis in the Industry of which we today have heard only the first rumblings will develop with steady and deadly effect, with serious consequences not only to the iron and steel industry but to the economy of the country as a whole and the welfare of its people.
I hope that the Leader of the House will give us some indication as to when we may get from Her Majesty's Government something constructive in the way of a reply to the very able speech which was made by my hon. Friend the Member for Rossendale (Mr. Anthony Greenwood), who opened the debate yesterday afternoon, and to the suggestions which have been made to him from the benches behind him as to the way in which the Crisis in This Industry should be met.
They ask why, if the Measure was necessary and desirable in 1934 in order to meet circumstances which were causing anxiety to the workers and the trade unions, it should be wrong for the Measure to be adopted on a permanent basis now when we may be facing a similar Crisis in the Industry.
I want to be fair about it; most of this was advanced by my right hon. Friend and he explained that the loss would be very substantial as there was a Crisis in the Industry.
I beg hon. Members, and the Ministers particularly, to realise that we face a Crisis in This Industry.
May I have an assurance that there will be no question of calling up farm workers for National Service until the Crisis in the Industry is over?
This, I think, answers the hon. Member for Uxbridge who asked: why take any action at all - there is no Crisis in the Industry?
Certainly figures of loss of that character, involving a large number of closures, represent a major Crisis in the Industry.
Of course, there are other factors - for instance, the state of the market in North America - but the Crisis in the Industry has been induced by the decision of the present Chancellor to create this crisis of confidence.
If we have a Crisis in the Industry, which we might well have, it will have a serious effect on the country as a whole.
If one looks at the Stock Exchange shares, the shares have remained comparatively buoyant despite the present Crisis in the Industry.
Between 1948 and 1956, before there were any signs of Crisis in the Industry, the consumption of oil increased by 100 per cent, while the consumption of coal increased by 12 per cent.
There is undoubtedly a Crisis in the Industry.
There was a major Crisis in the Industry.
The latest Crisis in the Industry was no exception.
I am sorry to say that the Crisis in the Industry has also led to a certain amount of bad blood.
In these circumstances, it is not surprising that there should be an atmosphere of Crisis in the Industry.
Mr. Mahon asked the President of the Board of Trade what assessment he has made of the effect on the Lancashire cotton industry of Great Britain's entry into the Common Market, in view of the present Crisis in the Industry.
All this brought about a Crisis in the Industry in Britain exactly as it didin all other ports of the world.
We would have thought that, long before the present Crisis in the Industry, the Government would have reduced the 40 per cent.
There is no Crisis in the Industry.
I think that I have said enough about the Press to indicate that I do not quite share the view of my hon. Friend the Member for Putney, who described, as it were, a Crisis in the Industry.
The example of the construction industry was being followed by manufacturing and other industries, and there might have been a real Crisis in Industry generally.
He talked of a Crisis in the Industry.
These are the factors which are causing a Crisis in the Industry's manpower.
I hope that he will pay some attention to the Crisis in the Industry before it is too late.
I am sorry that the Minister himself has not been here to listen to this important debate on the Crisis in the Industry.
It is unfortunate that the Budget speech contained no urgent plans to assist agriculture in the present grave Crisis in the Industry.
I well recall meeting officials of the National Farmers' Union in my constituency last October because they felt that there was a Crisis in the Industry then.
We in Kingswood are particularly concerned about the present Crisis in the Industry, for after a long period when coal mining was our main occupation we developed a strong boot and shoe industry, in Victorian times, and it was a great rival to Northampton for the title of the principal home of the industry.
The hon. Member for Ince (Mr. Maguire rightly said that the message must go out to the Government that there is a Crisis in the Industry.
An article in the Financial Times said:EEC steel producers, including the British Steel Corporation, have accepted the principle of voluntary restraints on production in the Community to help cope with the Crisis in the Industry caused by plummeting demand".
Because of the continuing Crisis in the Industry, will he give further consideration to quantitative controls and the long-term regulator that the industry so desperately requires?
Thirdly, there is a Crisis in the Industry so far as the Government themselves are concerned.
That is the toll of the Crisis in the Industry.
The OECD has given specific advice to the Government that there is a structural Crisis in the Industry and that Western Europe will not escape unless it restructures the industries which will involve a substantial reduction in capacity.
One of my colleagues mentioned to me that if only the British people would change their shirts as rapidly as the official Opposition change their spokesmen on textiles, the Crisis in the Industry would be over.
Nevertheless, I appreciate that the present Crisis in the Industry is due to the stagnation of the British economy, which is not only a British problem but part of the crisis affecting the Western world.
They are spending a great deal of time in investigating and discussing the Crisis in Their Industry to develop their understanding of how to combat it.
and if he will investigate this situation with a view to averting a Crisis in the Industry.
British Shipbuilders was born at a time of grave international Crisis in the Industry.
Mr. McQuarrie asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will arrange an urgent meeting with the various organisations connected with the fishing industry in Scotland to discuss what action can be taken in the present Crisis in the Industry due to the limitation of quotas, the escalating costs of fuel for the vessels and the considerable increase in labour and gear costs.
On all those counts, and there are more, the speech of the Secretary of State was quite inadequate to deal with what he himself described as the most serious depression and Crisis in This Industry.
The modernisation scheme did not, as the Yorkshire Post industry corespondent, Mr. Robin Morgan, suggested on Tuesday, 14 November, result in a Crisis in the Industry.
I come finally to the present Crisis in the Industry.
There is a Crisis in the Industry caused by the flood of imported fish combined with a decline in catches, especially in the market value of catches, with depressed prices as the result of high imports.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in some areas more than half the boats have withdrawn from lobster fishing, and that there is a Crisis in the Industry?
Does my right hon. Friend accept that during the current Crisis in the Industry, and pending settlement of a common fisheries policy, it is vital for the industry, Parliament and the Government to present a united front in order to be an effective negotiating force in Europe?
The Government's announcement must be judged against the state of Crisis in the Industry.
Is he further aware that, although we welcome the setting up of the anti-fish dumping committee, we think that the committee is no substitute for Government action to tackle the Crisis in the Industry?
The Crisis in the Industry is represented by the experience of a friend of mine whose name I shall not give because it would be embarrassing for him.
Even at this late stage, the Government should accept their responsibility, because the Crisis in the Industry is due to the imposition of cash limits, the relative lack of investment, and so on.
These figures demonstrate the immediate nature of the Crisis in the Industry.
In view of the severe Crisis in the Industry, is it not about time that he did something about the matter?
There is despair and Crisis in the Industry.
Members, including some Conservative Members, have hinted that the Government are misguided, and do not understand what they are doing, the depth of the Crisis in the Industry, the technical problems involved or the nature and extent of the competition.
They went on to identify the problems that are a result of the Crisis in the Industry and spoke about the grievious social consequences of unemployment such as marital breakdown, children taken into care, violence in the home, fuel disconnections, alcoholism, glue sniffing, drugs and the deterioration of physical and mental health.
To listen to him, one would have thought that it was simply a question of an obstinate Government refusing to allow British Shipbuilders to take orders from queues of shipowners who were striving to get their orders into British Shipbuilders' yards and that that had brought about the Crisis in the Industry.
Although there is to be a short debate on the coal industry later today, will the Leader of the House give a guarantee, in view of the growing Crisis in the Industry, that there will be a statement next week, bearing in mind the fact that there may well be a strike, and that about 18 weeks ago the chairman of the National Coal Board said that he was not bothered about the overtime ban lasting for decades because it would save the National Coal Board and the taxpayer money?
He was a distinguished gas engineer who made his name during a Crisis in the Industry by fixing an accident in the east of London.
As my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Leicester, West (Mr. Janner) said in a different context earlier, it will bring the law into disrepute and greatly worsen the Crisis in the Industry where an official strike has been in progress for seven months.
We debated this on 27 November last year, in official Opposition time, when we drew attention to the deepening Crisis in the Industry.
In addition to the present Crisis in the Industry caused by accidents, does he accept that the long-term effects of low-level radiation are severe and have not been quantified?
Only three weeks ago we pointed out the impending Crisis in the Industry.
That would be one way of averting the Crisis in the Industry.
The acute problem that is faced in science arid technology is shared by the Crisis in Industry.
In view of the present Crisis in the Industry, he would be lynched if he made such a statement at a public meeting in Scotland.
Is it quite clear that the Government are acting in response to the economic Crisis in the Industry with a voluntary political initiative?
The Crisis in the Industry is due precisely to the failure to apply a philosophy of sustainable development in that area of economic activity.
It has been hard hit by the Crisis in the Industry and has suffered about 750 job losses over the past year, with 15 firms having closed.
The protests show the sense of need, anger and Crisis in the Industry.
Every company that gave evidence to the Committee - Rolls-Royce, British Aerospace, Short Brothers, GEC, Dowty, Westland, the major trade associations, the Electronic Engineering Association and the Society of British Aerospace Companies - highlighted the growing concern about the near Crisis in the Industry.
An important aspect of the Crisis in the Industry was the breach between the hierarchy of the Federation of Fresh Meat Wholesalers - the consultative body for the industry favoured by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food - and people such as Sammy Morphet of Cronton in Knowsley, Thomas Slinger of Greater Harwood near Blackburn, E.D. Jones and Son of St. Asaph, Cig Mon Cymru - I hope that the hon. Member for Ynys Mon (Mr. Jones) will forgive mypronunciation - from Llangefni in Anglesey and Keighley Abattoir Ltd
If the Government are serious about acknowledging the depth of the Crisis in the Industry in the UK, they can do something positive about it.
The Crisis in the Industry is in the livestock sector.
it is estimated by local experts that the county has lost £58 million in the past 11 months because of the Crisis in the Industry.
He is no doubt aware that Norfolk produces more than one tenth of all this country's pigs; it is estimated by local experts that the county has lost £58 million in the past 11 months because of the Crisis in the Industry.
Yesterday I was interviewed by a television company which said that it wanted to talk about the Crisis in the Industry.
With British mined coal at a production level of around 25 million tonnes a year, employment at about 7,000 people, and faced, as we are, by imported coal, some of it at dumped prices, we are presented with close to a Crisis in the Industry.
Now, they are just one more example of animals being shot at birth, which is happening in all too many parts of the country today as a result of the Crisis in the Industry.
Does he not understand the Crisis in the Industry?
The fact that the farming unions are currently split on the future of the boards is due to the Crisis in the Industry.
In the current Crisis in the Industry This would add considerably to the losses those businesses are already suffering.
Have approaches been made to the European Union regarding derogation from the rules because of the Crisis in the Industry?
The Minister constantly denies that there is a Crisis in the Industry, but that is not what I hear on the ground.
There always seems to be a sense of Crisis in the Industry; sometimes it is real, but often the industry is crying wolf.
About three weeks before the outbreak, I met about 16 farmers who are well established in my constituency to discuss the Crisis in the Industry.
We need to think about the longer term as well as dealing with the immediate aftermath of the Crisis in the Industry following the FMD disaster.
One small qualification is that we must recognise, even if we are not airport MPs, that there is a Crisis in the Industry.
We must not react to the Crisis in the Industry in a knee-jerk way, because this is tourism's big chance.
I ask him to consider its questions, because it has claimed that, without Government action, there will be a Crisis in the Industry.
The present Crisis in the Industry has foreshortened the period over which the phase-out will occur.
We have waited years to hear that sort of language and it is a bit of a tragedy that it comes through only at a time of Crisis in the Industry.
In view of that divergence and the sense of near-Crisis in the Industry, we need cool heads.
How does he intend to address the Crisis in the Industry given the catalogue of errors, outlined by myFront-Bench colleagues, that the Government have introduced?
Almost exactly three years ago, I secured an Adjournment debate in this Chamber on shipbuilding in Tyneside, against the background of a Crisis in the Industry.
The Daily Telegraph on 18 February this year said: "Agricultural students are few and far between after the Crisis in the Industry puts off many potential applicants".
The Daily Telegraph on18 February this year said: "Agricultural students are few and far between after the Crisis in the Industry puts off many potential applicants".
That is not a new phenomenon: indeed, the Government deserve credit for taking time to consult industry representatives and formulating proposals to tackle the Crisis in the Industry.
When we have had the opportunity to tackle Ministers, the attitude that is so often evinced is one of apparent complacency in the face of what I regard as a Crisis in the Industry.
I sincerely believe that the Government are not doing enough to help dairy farmers such as my constituent, Mr. Stuart Jones, who face a Crisis in the Industry.
Those are three specific areas in which the Government could take a leading role to address what all hon. Members who have spoken agree is a very serious Crisis in the Industry.
It is clear that we face a Crisis in This Industry, and that has many implications for local communities.
He has detailed the job losses and other problems in the rail industry, which has been suffering a severe recession, but there is also an opportunity to move out of the Crisis in the Industry.
However, I detect a sea change in thinking, which has been prompted by the current Crisis in the Industry.
I wish to add at this stage in the debate, perhaps a little earlier than we need to, the important theme which the Minister mentioned regarding the change of culture around our discussions - in the background and sometimes in the foreground - as we emerge from the immediate scandal and Crisis in the Industry.
5 billion, to develop a new drug - many of them fail in late-stage clinical trials, because of some toxic side effect in one patient or a few small number of patients - is leading to a Crisis in the Industry and in the pipeline for new drugs and new treatments, and to patients increasingly suffering because we cannot give them innovative medicines.
In that context, what will they do in short order to ensure that business rates reflect the current Crisis in This Industry?