HC Deb 21 February 1972 vol 831 cc196-7W
46. Mr. George Darling

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much steel-making scrap was imported from the United States of America in each of the three months, November and December, 1971, and January, 1972; what was the average import price per ton; how much of the same quality scrap was available in the United Kingdom and offered to the British Steel Corporation; and what were comparable prices of domestic supplies.

Mr. Ridley

None in November, 1971; 6,285 tons in December at an average c.i.f. price of £24.64 per ton under arrangements made about a year previously; and for January, 1972, details of imports are not yet available. About 12,000–14,000 tons a week of compressed unused steel sheet cuttings, which is a comparable material of high quality, are currently available in the United Kingdom and all are taken by the steel industry. The prices paid are a commercial matter for the industry and the trade.