HC Deb 07 November 1983 vol 48 c22W
Mr. Skinner

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the percentage reduction in steel purchases by the following industries since 1979 (a) wire, (b) rail, (c) shipbuilding and (d) mechanical engineering.

Mr. Butcher

Between 1979 and 1982 the percentage reductions in the quantity of purchases of steel were:

Per cent.
(a) Wire and wire manufacturing 30
(b) Railways 40
(c) Shipbuilding 25
(d) Mechanical engineering 25

SourceDepartment of Trade and Industry, quarterly inquiry into steel stocks, receipts and deliveries, published inBritish Business.