asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the percentage reduction in British steel-making capacity since 1977; and what have been the corresponding reductions in each of the other European Economic Community steel making nations.
The most recent published information on the percentage reduction in British steelmaking capacity since 1977, and the corresponding reductions in the other European Community nations is shown in the following table.
|Effective capacity of crude steel production|
|Country||1977||1984||Reduction per cent.|
|Federal Republic of Germany||67·7||54·7||-19·2|
Reduction per cent.
|European Community (9)||200·7||173·4||-13·6|
|European Community (10)||—||177·5||—|