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Nationalised Industries

Volume 23: debated on Tuesday 4 May 1982

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asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that hon. Members representing the general public are unable to get complaints dealt with properly and expeditiously so far as the nationalised industries are concerned, she will now consider an arrangement whereby the Ministers responsible for these industries answer parliamentary questions concerning them in the same manner as now operates with regard to the National Health Service.

Day-to-day management questions are matters for the nationalised industries themselves, and do not fall within the Government's control or responsibility. The present arrangement under which hon. Members contact the management of those industries direct is, I believe, likely to give the best and most detailed reply.