HC Deb 08 April 1963 vol 675 cc114-5W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Minister of Power, in view of the sanction by the high authority of the European Coal and Steel Community of the merger of Phoenix Rheinrohr AG and August Thyssen-Hütte AG and the general concentration of steel interests inside the Common Market framework, resulting in a growing threat to the competitive position of the United Kingdom steel industry in Europe, if he will state the policy of Her Majesty's Government regarding the effect of these developments on the steel industry, and on steel mergers in the United Kingdom in the private sector of industry.

Mr. Wood

I have no reason to believe that the completed and impending concentrations referred to carry any threat to the United Kingdom steel industry, in which there is already a good deal of concentration.

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