§ Mr. David Steel
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the total production of the British Steel Corporation in each quarter of 1973, or over the latest 12-month period for which figures are available ; and what proportion in each quarter was exported.
§ Mr. Emery
Exports of steel are usually given in terms of product weight and, therefore, should not be compared directly with crude steel production. The figures below show deliveries to export by the British Steel Corporation as a percentage of its deliveries to the home358W market and to export. Neither series of figures has been adjusted to allow for seasonal factors, such as annual holidays.
BRITISH STEEL CORPORATION Crude Steel production tonnes Deliveries to Export as a proportion of total deliveries Per cent. 1972 Quarter 4 6.21 22 1973 Quarter 1 6.16 17 Quarter 2 5.99 16 Quarter 3 5.82 16