Ceramic and Brick Industries

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:05 pm on 15th June 2016.

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Photo of Margaret Ferrier Margaret Ferrier Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland Office) 5:05 pm, 15th June 2016

The hon. Lady makes a good point. We will hear from the Minister in her response to all our points. We have heard many times that market economy status will not mean that we cannot bring anti-dumping cases, so I am interested to hear how she will respond to everyone’s concerns.

We heard from Ruth Smeeth that there is more to ceramics than brick alone; it includes tableware. A tile manufacturer is a big employer in her constituency, and it has major concerns. The brick and tile industry has bases in north Africa and Turkey, where production costs are much lower, so we have to support our ceramics in the UK. She also made mention of labour costs, which are lower in those countries, although employees there can be exploited.

Craig Tracey, which includes Bedworth, spoke about his brick and tile manufacturer in Kingsbury, which employs 1,100—