British Steel - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:30 pm on 21st May 2019.

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Photo of Lord Carlile of Berriew Lord Carlile of Berriew Crossbench 3:30 pm, 21st May 2019

My Lords, I ask my question as the father-in-law of somebody employed in the steelworks at Scunthorpe. Does the Minister accept that there is a sense of panic and despair among the ordinary population of Scunthorpe, a town totally dominated by the steel industry? Will he confirm that discussions with the Government are going on hour by hour to try to secure an outcome? Will the Government bear in mind that what is being asked for at the moment is simply bridging finance to get through a crisis period, not something more permanent than that?