asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will consider setting up a monitoring unit within his Department to ensure that the public interest is safeguarded as regards the terms agreed on any privatisation of publicly owned industry.
No. In reaching decisions the Government are always concerned to safeguard the public interest, and no special machinery is required for the purpose envisaged by the right hon. Member.
|United Kingdom Steel Producers' Deliveries|
|Ingots, blooms, billets and slabs, including rounds and squares for tubes||467·5||288·2||281·5|
|Heavy rails and accessories||253·1||†160·7||†226·1|
|Plates 3mm thick, including coil||2,220·1||1,214·4||1,546·4|
|Other light rolled sections and hot rolled bars||1,286·8||‡977·0||‡955·9|
|Bright steel bars||422·6||303·9||287·4|
|Hot rolled strip||345·3||174·5||164·6|
|Other heavy rolled products (angles, tees, sections, channels, joists and beams, rounds, squares and hexagons)||1,831·2||║l,311·2||║1,777·9|
|Wire rods and other rods and bars in coil, including reinforcing bar in coil||2,558·4||1,619·8||1,764·9|
|Arches, light rails and accessories||238·8||..¶||..¶|
|Cold rolled strip||405·2||290·5||285·7|
|Sheets, including coil||2,722·2||1,324·8||2,198·3|
|Tinplate and blackplate||1,151·7||624·2||863·8|
|Tubes and pipes, all sizes||1,200·4||819·6||1,005·7|
|Tyres, wheels, axles and rolled rings||48·4||43·2||46·6|
|Forgings, excluding drop forgings||29·9||25·5||26·5|
|Stainless and heat-resisting||163·4||117·9||156·9|
|Other alloy, including stainless and heat resistant tubes and pipes||1,201·4||808·6||830·8|
* Figures were affected by the steel strike.
† Reclassified as "Heavy and light rails and accessories".