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Heavy Industries, Coatbridge

Volume 477: debated on Tuesday 4 July 1950

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asked the Minister of Supply to what extent increasing unemployment in the heavy industries in Coat-bridge is due to competition with Belgian steel and lack of orders for lapwelded tubing; and what are the future prospects in regard to both.

There is no competition with Belgian steel which is likely to affect the iron and steel industry in this area, and I have no reason to suppose that future orders for lapwelded tubes will fall below their present level.

Is my hon. Friend aware there is a great deal of unemployment in the industry just now, as there has been for 12 months. due to the lack of orders for lapwelded tubes?

That does not agree with my information, and employment in the iron and steel firm concerned is remaining stable.