§ Mr. Cyril Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will take steps to make a grant to the Ebbw Vale steelworks of £1 million for the re-lining of the blast furnace.
§ Mr. Meacher
No. Expenditure on such work is a matter for the BSC. Having considered carefully in the course of the closure review the possibility of re-lining a furnace at Ebbw Vale the Government accepted that it would not be justified.