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Volume 893: debated on Monday 16 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether the Government propose to go ahead with the investment programme laid down in the White Paper on Steel, Command Paper No. 5226, relating to Redcar on Teesside or to deploy the investment funds elsewhere.

Under agreed procedures the Department receives full details of the corporation's major capital investment projects within the 10-year development strategy, to enable my right hon. Friend to express a view on them before they are approved by the corporation. Last September we accepted the Redcar IIB Scheme, which is intended to increase steelmaking capacity on Teesside to 5 million tonnes per annum this is now bein implemented. I understand that the corporation is now preparing further plans for developments on Teesside, but the Department has not so far received any specific proposals for consideration.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will publish in the Official Report the figures for the relative performance of world steel makers now assembled by the BSC, and referred to in his answer to the hon. Member for Norfolk, North on 20th May.

This information is not available in a form suitable for publication in a parliamentary answer. However, I understand that the British Steel Corporation has provided the hon. Member with some material. I am arranging for copies of the communication from the corporation to be placed in the Library of the House.