HC Deb 10 November 1969 vol 791 c5
5. Mr. Lane

asked the Minister of Technology what consultations he has had with steel consumers about the British Steel Corporation's projected reorganisation into product groups; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Alan Williams

The Iron and Steel Consumers' Council has been fully consulted on the proposals and there has also been informed public discussion in the light of the Second Report on Organisation (House of Commons Paper 163) and subsequent statements.

Mr. Lane

As there have been some recent signs of monopolistic behaviour by the Steel Corporation, will the hon. Gentleman undertake that the Government will not give final approval to the reorganisation scheme until they are satisfied that the steel consumers are satisfied?

Mr. Williams

Of course we take the opinion of the consumers into account but it is ludicrous to suggest that there is a monopoly situation in circumstances of world surplus.

Mr. William Hamilton

Is my hon. Friend aware that we in Scotland are grateful to the Corporation for establishing one of its departments in Glasgow?