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Steel Industry

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 29 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action he is taking to ensure that any renewal of the quota system for the steel industry within the European Economic Community will be followed by the provision of the same level of national and official support for the industry in the United Kingdom as in the other member states.

Whether or not the production quota system is renewed, it is essential that the Commission vigorously enforces the strict code banning almost all state aids for the steel industry which was introduced on 1 January 1986 with the unanimous support of the Council of Ministers. The British steel industry does of course have my full support.