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Steel Industry

Volume 976: debated on Friday 21 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what he expects the effects of the probable closure or part closure of Port Talbot and Llanwern British Steel Corporation works will be further west in Wales at Velindre, West Glamorgan, and Trostre, Dyfed.

BSC announced on 11 December that it wished to reduce capacity at Llanwern and Port Talbot to relate to a liquid steel tonnage at or around 2¾ million tonnes. BSC does not expect supplies of steel for Trostre and Velindre to be affected by the outcome of its discussions on this reduction.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement on the discussions about the steel industry at the Council of Ministers of the European Economic Community held on 18 December.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a Statement about the outcome of the European Economic Community discussions on steel.

Continuation into 1980 of the Commission's anti-crisis measures for the steel industry, which I strongly supported, was agreed by the Council with some small relaxation of the internal regime and virtually no effective change in the external measures. Approval was also given to the decision proposed by the Commission to regulate state aids to the steel industry.