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Steel Plants

Volume 32: debated on Wednesday 17 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations have been made to him in respect of the future of Ravenscraig, Gartcosh, Imperial and R. B. Tennent steel plants; and how he responded.

I have received a wide range of representations from different sections of the Scottish community about Ravenscraig and Gartcosh. I have made it clear that I am extremely concerned about the future of these plants and that I shall be fully involved in the Government's examination of the options which the British Steel Corporation has put to the Government regarding its major plant configuration. Decisions regarding the future of these plants will be for the Government in reaching conclusions.Representation about the Imperial and R. B. Tennent works have been received from the hon. Gentleman. Decisions regarding these plants are for the commercial judgment of the British Steel Corporation and Sheffield Forgemasters, respectively.