asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement on the outcome of discussions with the British Steel Corporation on the size of the work force needed in the next few years, and the question of redundancies.
On 19th May the British Steel Corporation and the Steel Committee of the Trades Union Congress reached agreement on measures to deal with the problems created by the downturn in demand for steel. In the light of the agreement the earlier proposals for over 20,000 redundancies among steel workers have, I am glad to report, been dropped by the BSC.
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he now proposes to dismiss the Chairman of the British Steel Corporation.
No. I do not intend to dismiss Sir Monty Finniston.
able. However, the following tables show identifiable assistance to the textile industry for the years 1965–75.