HC Deb 18 April 2002 vol 383 c1143W
Mr. Evans

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on Government actions to encourage business and industry to develop in the areas affected by Corus Steel plant closures. [50637]

Alan Johnson

Measures to help the Tees Valley and Scunthorpe areas, including regeneration and improvements to infrastructure, training and advice for people leaving Corus and help in the establishment of small firms were announced on 3 May 2001 as part of a £135 million package responding to closures in England and Wales. These are now being implemented. Measures in Wales are matters for the Assembly.

My Department is also in contact with the South Yorkshire Task Force, and will discuss their report with them once it has been finalised.