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Volume 893: debated on Friday 13 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry, as under Article 46 each ECSC country may be allocated a percentage of Community output, what is the figure allocated to the United Kingdom steel industry.

Article 46 of the ECSC Treaty does not provide any powers for the allocation of steel output between member countries. It requires the European Commission to prepare forward programmes indicating foreseeable developments in the industry, including production levels, but a system of production quotas can only be established under Article 58 and would require the assent of the Council of Ministers.