Stephen Calls On PM To Join Him And Exhort Tata To Back Plan To Secure Future Of Port Talbot Steel Works

 

Stephen Kinnock: I trust that the Prime Minister will be aware that there’s a critical meeting of the board of Tata in Mumbai on Tuesday, I’ll be flying out to Mumbai with the general secretary of Community union to make the case for British steel, that meeting will be deciding on the future of the Port Talbot steelworks in my constituency. Will the Prime Minister join me in exhorting Tata to stand with that plan and to secure the future of the Port Talbot steelworks?

Stephen Kinnock: I trust that the Prime Minister will be aware that there’s a critical meeting of the board of Tata in Mumbai on Tuesday, I’ll be flying out to Mumbai with the general secretary of Community union to make the case for British steel, that meeting will be deciding on the future of the Port Talbot steelworks in my constituency. Will the Prime Minister join me in exhorting Tata to stand with that plan and to secure the future of the Port Talbot steelworks?

Prime Minister: I absolutely give him my backing on that. A team of ministers met yesterday to discuss all of the things that we can do to get behind the steel industry at this vital time. It’s an extremely difficult market situation with the massive global overcapacity and the huge fall in steel prices, but the areas where we’ve taken action already we’ll continue to look at what more we can do. That is state aid compensation so we can secure the energy costs, greater flexibility over EU emissions regulations, we’ve done a huge amount in terms of public procurement which I think can make a big difference to our steel industries. All of those things and more, and making sure that Tata and others understand how valuable we believe this industry is to the UK and there’s a government that, within the limits that we have, wants to be very supportive and very helpful.

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