That is a welcome answer. Does my hon. Friend not agree that there is now a crisis of confidence between the workers in the steel industry, the British Steel Corporation and management? That situation exists not only at the top but in firms in Sheffield, such as the River Don Works. Does he not agree that until there is a radical change of structure in management, confidence is not likely to be restored?
When can we expect an early announcement from the BSC that the £1,000 million investment for Hunterston will go ahead? That is the only way to ensure that steel-making in Lanarkshire and Ayrshire is maintained and that jobs there, and those which are dependent on the steel industry in Scotland, are maintained.
I am glad to see that the hon. Lady accepts that the steel industry in Great Britain can go forward only on the basis of an integrated Great Britain policy.
The Conservative Govment aimed hammer blows at the morale of the Steel Corporation through the Eden/Ridley policy and that constitutional monstrosity, the Joint Steering Group, which held up development programmes for so long. There will be no such meddling under this Government.
Does the Minister agree that if there were more local democratic control there would be better relations between management and men in the steel industry? When are the Government going to carry out their commitment to take into public ownership the profitable sections of the steel industry that have been hived off?
I agree with my hon. Friend that the improvement of industrial democracy within all the nationalised industries, including the British Steel Corporation, is very important. We are blazing the trail in our Aircraft and Shipbuilding Industries Bill, but there will have to be development in other industries as well.
Will the Minister take this opportunity of making clear the Government's attitude to Sir Monty Finniston's future? Is it not disgraceful that there should be continuing uncertainty about the chairmanship after the end of the year? Will the Minister give a firm assurance, in view of the particular importance of the chairman and the agreement of 23rd January?
In reply to a Question by the hon. Member for Chingford (Mr. Tebbit) I made a statement about the chairmanship of BSC. The hon. Gentleman, who is a student of these matters, might have studied that before he asked his supplementary question.
How does the Minister think he will attract the calibre of management needed in the nationalised industries in view of the sort of treatment the Government are now giving to the Chairman of the British Steel Corporation? When will they resolve the question of his future—or is this to be another matter decided by the Prime Minister behind the Secretary of State's back?