§ 17. Mr. Wainwright
asked the Minister of Power why the Iron and Steel Holdings and Realisation Agency has again turned down an application on behalf of the Baker and Bessemers' employees for compensation; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peyton
I understand that the Agency is informing claimants of the reasons for its decision. They can appeal against the Agency's decision to a tribunal under the procedure laid down by the Iron and Steel Act, 1953.
§ Mr. Wainwright
Would the hon. Gentleman agree that if the men from Baker and Bessemers who are now unemployed do not receive compensation they will be very harshly dealt with? Is it not true that the consortium which purchased Baker and Bessemers from the Iron and Steel Holding and Realisation Agency, as in the case of the English Steel Company and the other company which purchased from the consortium, knew at the time that this plant was to be closed down? Will he make certain that compensation is paid to these men who have been so harshly dealt with?
§ Mr. Peyton
I must make it clear that my right hon. Friend is required by the 1953 Act to make regulations. He is not responsible for dealing with individual cases. It would be dangerous and wrong for me to comment on a matter which can, and perhaps should, go to the tribunal set up for the purpose.