HC Deb 18 December 1979 vol 976 cc127-8W
Mr. Homewood

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what degree of import penetration has taken place in the individual markets for the British Steel Corporation's products, in view of the importance of imports of steel; if the degree of penetration has increased in markets where cartel arrangements exist; and whether this represents the British Steel Corporation's inability to supply the demands of these markets rather than a lack of competitiveness.

Mr. Michael Marshall

The following table shows import penetration of finished steel products in total and by sector since 1976. The degree of import penetration, which is the result of many factors, has overall remained quite steady during the last few years.

publish in the Official Report as much detailed information as is available showing to what extent the staffs in the offices of the various Ministers have been reduced during the past seven months and the weekly, monthly or annual savings due, to reduction in the salary and expenses of these civil servants.

Mr. Channon

No. Information on the staffing of Ministers' private offices is not available centrally.