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Volume 940: debated on Monday 28 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what recent discussions on the future of the steel industry he has had with Ministers and Commissioners of the European Community; and with what result.

The Council of Ministers met on 21st November to discuss steel matters including the problems of external trade. That meeting was attended by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade. No final decisions were taken, and discussion will be resumed at the Council meeting on 19th–20th December.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will publish data showing the relative price level, United Kingdom equals 100, of steel products covered by the Treaty of Paris in each of the member States of the EEC.

The British Steel Corporation is responsible for publishing its prices, which vary according to size, quality, etc. Comparison with European prices is made difficult by the differences in the specifications in the various countries, but the following table, provided by the BSC, gives a broad indication of the relative levels of published home

BSC Prices=100
ProductWest GermanyFranceItalyBelgium
Medium plates959593154
Boiler plates10210598159
Structural beams89888793
Reinforcement steel999699106
Hot rolled strip1039186103
Hot rolled coil1159998113
BSC Prices=100
Medium plates12611686N.A.
Boiler plates131N.A.94N.A.
Structural beamsN.A.105N.A.N.A.
Reinforcement steel1071099697
Hot rolled strip102114N.A.N.A.
Hot rolled coil113N.A.N.A.N.A.
N.A.—Not available.