HC Deb 10 May 2004 vol 421 cc92-3W
Bob Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the(a) level and (b) effects on the UK steel industry of steel dumping in Europe; and if she will make a statement. [167847]

Mr. Timms

None. Complaints about dumping in the European Union relating to steel or any other product and its effects on the Community industry, including the UK, are assessed by the European Commission against the criteria laid down in the EC's Basic Anti-dumping Regulation. The European Commission determines whether dumping has occurred and the extent to which the industry has been injured. If it finds dumping and injured, it may recommend anti-dumping measures which usually take the form of additional duties. It is then up the Member States, including UK government officials, to support or oppose any Commission recommendation for anti-dumping measures.