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Volume 404: debated on Thursday 1 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of UK (a) aluminium, (b) tinplate, (c) steel and (d) timber supply originated in Wales in the last three years. [107513]

(a) There are no output figures available for Welsh aluminium supply. However, in both 1999 and 2000 the number of employees in aluminium production at Welsh based firms was 22 per cent. and in 2001 19 per cent. as a proportion of GB figures.


Annual Business Inquiry. Office for National Statistics.

(b) There are no employees in tin manufacturing in Wales, as recorded on the Annual Business Inquiry.

(c) In 1999, Wales accounted for 42 per cent. of UK crude steel production, 45 per cent. in 2000 and 34 per cent. in 2001.


Iron and Steel Statistics Bureau.

(d) Annual timber production in Wales over the last three years has been around 1.35 million tones. It is not possible to say what this represents in terms of a proportion of UK timber supply needs.