British Steel

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:05 pm on 24th July 2019.

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Photo of Peter Kyle Peter Kyle Labour, Hove 1:05 pm, 24th July 2019

May I first thank my hon. Friend Anna Turley for her advocacy in the Chamber and—those of us who also know her as a friend know this—for her tireless activism on behalf of the steel sector, which has no better advocate? I also thank the Secretary of State; in a time of upheaval on the Government Front Bench, I hope that one point of consistency will be his position there. He has explained in the past, and in many appearances here in the Chamber, that the steel sector does not quite fit the criteria for a sector deal. Does that mean that we need to look at how the sector deals themselves are operating, to see whether they could be tailored to support such a vital industry?