§ Mr. Canavan
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Wentworth (Mr. Hardy) on 4 July, he will publish details in the Official Report of any plans which the Government are considering to privatise the British Steel Corporation; and what consultations he intends having with trade unions in the steel industry.
§ Mr. Butcher
[pursuant to the reply, 9 July 1984, c. 364]: It has been clearly-stated Government policy since 1979 to seek the transfer of BSC's assets and activities to the private sector. The policy was most recently detailed in evidence given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Industry to the Select Committee on Trade and Industry on 8 February this year which was subsequently published in its Report of 26 April on BSC's prospects (Session 1983–84: HC 344–208-i-v). As individual proposals for privatisation are brought forward, they are considered by the Government and announcements are made when decisions are reached. It is for BSC management to carry out appropriate consultation with employees affected by such proposals.