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Proposed Closure of Rio Tinto Alcan, Lynemouth

Volume 542: debated on Thursday 15 March 2012

The Petition of residents of south East Northumberland,

Declares that the Petitioners are opposed to the proposed closure of Rio Tinto Alcan, Lynemouth.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to take all possible steps to prevent the closure of Rio Tinto Alcan, Lynemouth and to support the workforce and those involved in the supply chain.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Ian Lavery, Official Report, 8 February 2012; Vol. 540, c. 412.]

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Observations from the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills:

The closure of the smelter is very disappointing news for the workforce and local community. We are working with the company and local partners including Northumberland County Council and Jobcentre Plus to ensure everyone affected has access to the very best support and training opportunities available. Our priority is to get them back into work.

Rio Tinto Alcan are also working closely with Northumberland County Council as they explore future opportunities for the site.

The UK remains a competitive place to do business and the Government fully recognises the importance of manufacturing, its vital contribution to the growth of a more sustainable UK economy and its key role in rebalancing the economy. Working with business, we are taking steps to strengthen the UK's manufacturing capability, ensuring a more supportive environment for stronger growth that will address barriers to growth, encourage innovation, exports and business investment and improve skills.

The Government are supporting businesses in the North East through the £2.4billion Regional Growth Fund. Over sixty (66) successful bids with estimated funding of £157 million will help to create and safeguard 39,000 jobs in the region.