HC Deb 08 April 1982 vol 21 cc478-9W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will bring up to date the information on the steel industry given in the replies of 4 February 1980, Official Report, c. 15–16, to the hon. Member for Grimsby.

Mr. Norman Lamont

Information as is available to update the second of the two earlier replies is given as follows. Information needed to answer the other question is currently being assembled and will be made available as soon as possible.

on import penetration for steel given in the reply dated 18 December 1979, Official Report, col. 128, to the hon. Member for Kettering (Mr. Homewood).

Mr. Norman Lamont

The available information is as follows:

Finished Steel: Imports* as a percentage of total deliveries to the United Kingdom market
1979 1980 1981 Jan–Mar Sep–Dec
Rods and bars for reinforcement 11 16 17
Wire rods and other rods and bars in coil 15 29 20
Other light rolled sections and hot rolled bars 21 28 27
Heavy rails and accessories 1 †2 †1
Other heavy rolled products 14 15 11
Plates 28 40 19
Sheets (coated and uncoated) 36 56 37
Hot rolled strip 8 22 19
Cold rolled strip 15 27 25
Tinplate and blackplate 13 39 23
Tubes and pipes 24 39 30
Total finished steel products 21 33 24
* Excluding material for conversion.
† Heavy and light rails and accessories.


Iron and steel Statistics Bureau.

United Kingdom Overseas Trade Statistics.


Imports were increased in 1980 by the effect of the steel strike.

The availability of overseas trade statistics for 1981 has been affected by the Civil Service dispute.