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Steel Procurement

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th September 2018.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons) 12:00 am, 12th September 2018

What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government’s steel procurement policies.

Photo of Oliver Dowden Oliver Dowden The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Government are clear that we will do all we can to support our steel industry. The publication of indicative pipelines of Government steel requirements, alongside revised procurement guidance, ensures that United Kingdom steel producers have the best possible chance of competing for major public sector contracts. We will be reporting on our performance later this year.

Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

The UK steel industry continues to face challenges. The Government promised in their 2016 guidance on steel procurement that they would publish individual Departments’ performance on steel procurement. When will they publish that information and be transparent about this?

Photo of Oliver Dowden Oliver Dowden The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

I am happy to update the hon. Gentleman on that point. I have consulted with the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, my hon. Friend Richard Harrington. He has written to Departments over the summer reminding them of that duty. We are reiterating our commitment to produce that information before the end of the year.