Iron and Steel: Port Talbot

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Gill Furniss Gill Furniss Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Steel, Postal Affairs and Consumer Protection)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2017 to Question 107192, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the steel industry about the re-lining of Blast Furnace 5 at Port Talbot; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We continue to work with Tata Steel, Thyssenkrupp, the Welsh Government and Trade Unions to secure a sustainable future for all of Tata Steel’s UK employees, including those at its Port Talbot primary steelmaking plant.

Both Tata and Thyssenkrupp have acknowledged the improved performance at Port Talbot over the past 18 months. As the proposed joint venture between both parties progresses, we will continue to support the commercial decisions made on the forward investment programme for the Port Talbot site.

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