Iron and Steel Industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 14th July 1931.

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Photo of Mr John Remer Mr John Remer , Macclesfield

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is now in a position to report any progress in his negotiations with the steel industry; and if these negotiations will involve any legislation or financial assistance?

Photo of Mr William Graham Mr William Graham , Edinburgh Central

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on the 23rd June to the hon. and gallant Member for Kings Norton (Major Thomas).

Photo of Mr John Remer Mr John Remer , Macclesfield

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that we have been asking questions on this subject for nearly 18 months, and have had no reply whatever from him?

Major COLVLLLE:

Is the right hon. Gentleman, in fact, engaged in any negotiations at all, and, if so, with whom?

Photo of Mr William Graham Mr William Graham , Edinburgh Central

Yes, I have told the House that I am practically in constant negotiations with representatives of both sides in the iron and steel industry, and I propose to make a report on them when the Board of Trade Vote is taken.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

What practical result can come out of these negotiations so long as the home market in this country is open to foreign steel?