British Government Are The Ringleaders Blocking The Scrapping Of The Lesser Duty Rule

Stephen Kinnock: The Minister was going OK until he got to the bit about dumping. I am sorry, but we cannot let that one go. There are two key facts.

Stephen Kinnock: The Minister was going OK until he got to the bit about dumping. I am sorry, but we cannot let that one go. There are two key facts. The British Government are the ringleader of a group of member states that is blocking the scrapping of the lesser duty rule, which would make a huge difference to the ability to impose tariffs on unfairly dumped Chinese steel. They are also the chief cheerleader for Beijing in Brussels when it comes to giving market economy status to China, which would also dramatically reduce the scope. It must be recognised that, in respect of those two points, it is a case of abject failure.

Alun Cairns: I am sorry to hear that response, which raised two issues. The first is the confusion over market economy status. Russia has market economy status, but that does not prevent the European Union from introducing tariffs and preventing it from taking action. The other measures that the hon. Gentleman mentioned would take three years to introduce. We want to take action before then. We want to continue to be proactive. We want to work with the hon. Gentleman, the Welsh ​Government and the communities in and around Port Talbot and Newport, because of the importance of the steel industry to them.