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Volume 22: debated on Monday 26 April 1982

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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
'000 Tonnes
Ingots, blooms, billets and slabs, including rounds and squares for tubes467·5288·2281·5
Heavy rails and accessories253·1†160·7†226·1
Plates 3mm thick, including coil2,220·11,214·41,546·4
Other light rolled sections and hot rolled bars1,286·8‡977·0‡955·9
Bright steel bars422·6303·9287·4
Hot rolled strip345·3174·5164·6
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 coil2,558·41,619·81,764·9
Arches, light rails and accessories238·8..¶..¶
Cold rolled strip405·2290·5285·7
Sheets, including coil2,722·21,324·82,198·3
Tinplate and blackplate1,151·7624·2863·8
Tubes and pipes, all sizes1,200·4819·61,005·7
Tyres, wheels, axles and rolled rings48·443·246·6
Forgings, excluding drop forgings29·925·526·5
Stainless and heat-resisting163·4117·9156·9
Other alloy, including stainless and heat resistant tubes and pipes1,201·4808·6830·8
TOTAL ALLOY1,364·8926·5987·7


* Figures were affected by the steel strike.

† Reclassified as "Heavy and light rails and accessories".