HC Deb 04 July 1950 vol 477 cc256-7
80. Mrs. Mann

asked the Minister of Supply to what extent increasing unemployment in the heavy industries in Coat-bridge is due to competition with Belgian steel and lack of orders for lapwelded tubing; and what are the future prospects in regard to both.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply (Mr. John Freeman)

There is no competition with Belgian steel which is likely to affect the iron and steel industry in this area, and I have no reason to suppose that future orders for lapwelded tubes will fall below their present level.

Mrs. Mann

Is my hon. Friend aware there is a great deal of unemployment in the industry just now, as there has been for 12 months. due to the lack of orders for lapwelded tubes?

Mr. Freeman

That does not agree with my information, and employment in the iron and steel firm concerned is remaining stable.