§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the rate of steel output grossed up to a seasonally adjusted annual rate in May; how much steel-making capacity was operational; and what effect pending closures will have on that capacity.
§ Mr. Butcher
The annual rate of United Kingdom steel production in May 1983, based on seasonally adjusted data, was 16 million tonnes. Information required to answer the second and third parts of the question is not readily available, if at all.
Source: British Steel Corporation and British Independent Steel Producers' Association.
Note: Monthly figures can often move erratically and need to be interpreted with caution.