§ 22. Mr. Foulkes
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment his Department has made of the effect of closure of the Ravenscraig steelworks on employment in other areas of the Scottish economy.
§ Mr. Lang
My right hon. and learned Friend has no immediate plans to visit Ravenscraig. The chairman of the British Steel Corporation has recently confirmed to my right hon. and learned Friend that there is no reason for the corporation at present to make plans to close the Ravenscraig hot strip mill.
§ 31. Mr. Harry Ewing
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will meet the Scottish Trades Union Congress to discuss the future of Ravenscraig hot strip mill.
§ Mr. Rifkind
The undertakings referred to are assurances given by the British Steel Corporation based on its own commercial judgment and are reflected in the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 3 December 1987, at column 1107.
This statement, that there would be a continued need for steel-making at all of the integrated plants, including Ravenscraig, for a period of at least seven years, subject to market conditions, and that there would be continued operation of the hot strip mill at Ravenscraig until at least 1989, has been referred to many times during the passage of the British Steel Bill and in other proceedings. The references could be listed only at disproportionate cost.