HC Deb 06 February 1968 vol 758 c215
32. Mr. Patrick Jenkin

asked the Minister of Power what representations he has received from steel users about the decision of the British Steel Corporation to adopt a system of centralising orders; and what reply he has sent.

Mr. Freeson

My right hon. Friend has received no such representations.

Mr. Jenkin

In the event of the decision being put into effect or being threatened to be put into effect, if the Consumer Council for Steel made strong objections, as appears likely, to the centralisation of orders, will the hon. Gentleman give the maximum weight to those representations so as to ensure that there is no elimination of competition between the various operating groups?

Mr. Freeson

Any such views would be taken fully into account, and if, for any reasons, the objections to such proposals were not accepted, as the hon. Gentleman knows, the Minister is required to lay a statement before Parliament.