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Steel Industry (European Community Rules)

Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what were (a) the establishment and (b) the numbers employed in his Department's inspectorate who were engaged in policing European Economic Community rules in the United Kingdom affecting the steel industry at 1 January 1982, and 1 January 1983; and what is his estimate of the numbers expected, respectively to be so engaged at 1 January 1984.

At 1 January 1982 my Department employed no inspectors as responsibility for policing fell to the Commission. From 1 January 1983 the Government have assumed responsibility for policing the rules on pricing practices by stockholders and dealers but no separate inspectorate has been established. It is intended that inspections will be carried out by existing staff in the Department.