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British Steel Corporation

Volume 975: debated on Friday 7 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will issue a general direction to the British Steel Corporation to make specific announcements concerning the future of individual British Steel Corporation plants, in the tight of the chairman's recent statements.

My right hon. Friend does not have the power to make a general direction of this sort.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement on the future of the United Kingdom.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he intends to revise his request to the British Steel Corporation to break even by April 1980.

The profit target for British Steel Corporation for 1980–81 remains as set out in my right hon. Friend's answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. Wilkinson) on 3 July 1979.—[Vol. 969, c. 537.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what proposals he has received from the British Steel Corporation concerning a reduction of its workforce and plant capacity; and if he will give details of the proposals, plant by plant.

[pursuant to his reply, 5 December 1979, c. 224]: The proposals are a matter for the Corporation, provided it keeps within the financial target and the cash limit my right hon. Friend has set for 1980–81.