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Steel Industry

Volume 100: debated on Wednesday 25 June 1986

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what has been the percentage change in English steel production since 1979;(2) what has been the percentage change in Welsh steel production since 1979.

The following is the information for the percentage change in steel production between 1979 and 1985 for England and Wales.

Steel industry in England and Wales: Percentage change in steel production between 1979 and 1985
Per cent.
England-30·2
Wales-31·9

Source: Iron and Steel Statistics Bureau.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many persons work in the steel industry in England at the present; and what are the corresponding figures for each year since 1979;(2) how many persons work in the steel industry in Wales at the present time; and what are the corresponding figures for each year since 1979.

The following is the information for the total labour force employed in ECSC activities in the steel industry for the years 1979 to 1986 (end March), in England and Wales.

Steel industry in England and Wales: Total labour force employed in ECSC activities*
Thousands (at year end)
EnglandWales
197991·751·8
198069·532·2
198153·824·9
198244·123·0
198336·521·2
198434·921·1
198532·920·6
†198632·220·6
* The figures supplied relate to employment in ECSC activities, compiled by the Iron and Steel Statistics Bureau, and are published in Eurostat for the United Kingdom as a whole.
† End March.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what was (a) the total output of steel and (b) the output of various categories of steel from the plants in England in the last year for which figures are available and for each year since 1979;(2) what was

(a) the total output of steel and (b) the output of various categories of steel from plants in Wales in the last year for which figures are available, and for each year since 1979.

The following is the information on (a) crude steel production for the years 1979 to 1985 and (b) output of steel by category for the years 1979 to 1984, in England and Wales.

Steel Industry in England and Wales
(a) Crude Steel production
million tonnes
EnglandWales
197912·96·9
1980*7·03·0

England

Wales

19819·24·4
19827·94·1
19838·34·9
19848·25·0
19859·04·7

* Affected by BSC strike

Source: Iron and Steel Statistics Bureau

Steel Industry in England and Wales

(b) Output of Steel by category

million tonnes

England

Wales

Long* products

Flat† products

Long* products

Flat† products

19796·32·40·64·0
19804·21·20·41·8
19814·91·30·52·8
19824·21·20·52·8
19834·21·10·62·9
19844·21·10·73·1

* Long products, for example bars, rods and sections.

† Flat products, for example wide coil, sheets, plates and hot rolled narrow strip.

Source: European Coal and Steel Community; Investment in the Community Coalmining and Iron and Steel Industries.