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Iron and Steel: Industry

Wales written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Hywel Francis Hywel Francis Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the future of the steel industry in Wales; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of David Jones David Jones The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

The Secretary of State for Wales and I have regular discussions with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on a range of issues affecting Wales including the steel industry.

The steel industry in Wales continues to contribute significantly to the Welsh economy and support Welsh Jobs. For example, there are some 7,000 people employed in Wales by Tata and many times that number employed by the wider economic community of contractors, suppliers and other partners. We continue to work with Tata and the Welsh Assembly Government to take forward the company's plans for a deep mine on the Port Talbot site which could create hundreds more much needed jobs.

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