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Volume 86: debated on Wednesday 13 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received in relation to Gartcosh; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend has received many representations on various aspects of the British Steel Corporation's decision to close the Gartcosh cold-rolling mill. The decision was one for the commercial judgment of the corporation. The closure will reduce surplus capacity in the corporation's cold-rolling activities and thereby increase overall productivity and improve the financial performance of the corporation.