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Volume 33: debated on Monday 6 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will give the percentage reduction in raw steel production between the years 1975 and 1981 for the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and France.

Between 1975 and 1981, crude steel production fell by 23 per cent. in the United Kingdom and by 1 per cent. in France; in West Germany and Italy, production increased by 3 per cent. and 13 per cent. respectively.


asked the Secretary of State for Industry what productivity increase in output per man there has been in the steel industry in each of the last four years.

Crude steel production per person employed in the United Kingdom steel industry increased by 6 per cent. in 1978 and by 11 per cent. in 1979. The steel dispute in 1980 led to a sharp fall—of 36 per cent.—in that year, followed by a strong recovery—of 90 per cent.—in 1981. The average annual change between 1979 and 1981 was an increase of 10 per cent.—Source: EUROSTAT.