2015 Steel Summit Commitments

Part of Backbench Business – in Westminster Hall at 11:12 am on 10th July 2018.

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Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth) 11:12 am, 10th July 2018

I will not speak for the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, my hon. Friend Richard Harrington, who chairs the steel council and is closely involved in the conversations, but I urge the hon. Gentleman to think about the outcome, not the timing. We recognise the importance of the industry. We are setting out plans to ensure that its products can be sold into other UK sectors as part of those deals. I am confident that we will get there, but the steel sector deal has to be a deal that works for the long-term future and is not a quick fix. I think that all of us would say that putting another sticking plaster over the problems that we saw in 2015 would not be the way to secure the jobs of the future. We know that there is a huge opportunity from UK— domestic—clients wanting to buy these products, and we have to help the industry to find a way to get there.