§ Mr. Crawford
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will list the British Steel Corporation products which will be available from each of the following base points: York, Worthington, Stoke-on-Trent, Stanton, Sheffield Midland, Scunthorpe, Middlesbrough, Manchester, Birmingham, Newport, and Hawarden Bridge.
§ Mr. Meacher:
Products in the following product groups are available from BSC basing points in England and Wales:
BASING POINT AND PRODUCT GROUP*
York—Steel sheet piling.
Workington—Foundry pig iron.
Stoke-on-Trent—Heavy sections, beams and columns.
Stanton—Foundry pig iron.
Sheffield Midland—Billets, blooms and slabs, bars and flats, non-alloy hot rolled strip (over 64mm wide), forging ingots, alloy steel rod and hot rolled strip, stainless steel plates, coils and sheets.
Scunthorpe—Steel for reinforcement, heavy sections, beams and columns, plates.
Middlesbrough—Heavy and light sections, beams and columns, plates.124W
Manchester—Non-alloy wire rods, heavy and light sections.
Birmingham New Street—Terne coated sheets.
Newport—Hot rolled and cold reduced uncoated coils and sheet electro-zinc coated coils and sheets, galvanised coils and sheets, color-coated sheets, stainless steel coils and sheets.
Hawarden Bridge—Hot rolled and cold reduced uncoated coils and sheet, electro-zinc coated coils and sheet, galvanised coils and sheets. stelvetite sheets, electrical coils and sheets.
* List gives product groups: certain specifications within a group may be available from one basing point only.
In addition, non-alloy hot rolled strip up to 64 mm wide is available from a point at Barrow-in-Furness.
Full details are published in the corporation's price lists.
I understand that BSC does not at present propose to change the product groups which are available at these basing points.