HC Deb 09 November 1979 vol 973 c366W
Mr. Marlow

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if, in the event of a partial or total closure of steel-making capacity by trade union action, he will ensure that importers are enabled to make up their requirements through imports.

Mr. Parkinson

With the exception of quotas on steel from the USSR and the German Democratic Republic, there are no formal restrictions on steel imports into the United Kingdom. The Community's anti-crisis measures include voluntary production and delivery ceilings for domestic producers and voluntary restraint arrangements with major third country suppliers but these measures are sufficiently flexible to deal with shortfalls in supply in any part of the Community market.