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Eurofer Plan

Volume 109: debated on Saturday 2 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if he will instruct the British Steel Corporation to make public any proposals which it is submitting under the Eurofer plan to the EEC;(2) if the British Steel Corporation's Eurofer proposals contain any further cuts in steel-making in Scotland.

The Eurofer plan is a matter for the European steel producers, and potential contributions by BSC and other United Kingdom and European steel producers to remove excess steel capacity are necessarily confidential at this stage. BSC accepts that any contribution it makes must be consistent with the strategy announced in August 1985, and must not prejudice strategy decisions thereafter. This position was reaffirmed in the answer my right hon. Friend gave to the right hon. Member for Swansea (Mr. Williams), on 28 January 1987, at column 326.