HC Deb 09 February 1973 vol 850 cc199-200W
Mr. Molloy

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in view of the situation facing the British domestic appliance industry in being unable to obtain required supplies of cold reduced steel sheet from the British Steel Corporation, what further steps and meetings are envisaged between his Department and the parties involved to meet this situation.

Mr. Tom Boardman

My Department is currently considering applications from domestic appliance manufacturers for temporary exemption from import duty on certain types of sheet steel, and we are in touch with the companies concerned about these applications.

Mr. Eddie Griffiths

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has yet replied to representations from the EEC regarding the pricing policy of the British steel industry, including the introduction of the basing points system; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Tom Boardman

No. The Commission's letter, which invites comments within 30 days, is being studied.