HC Deb 04 April 2001 vol 366 c226W
11. Mr. Barry Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary concerning estimates of the number of redundancies proposed by Corus in Wales; and if he will make a statement. [155502]

Mr. Paul Murphy

I have met the First Secretary regularly over the past few weeks to discuss issues facing the steel industry in Wales, including the threat of closures and redundancies at Corns plants in Wales.

I welcome the outcome of last week's discussions between Corus and the trade unions. The Government have indicated their willingness to support a scheme of retraining by approaching the European Commission and other member states for their approval.

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