Baroness Redfern says 'more needs to be done' to help returns on British steel industry

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 5 Apr 2017

Baroness Liz Redfern has said that more needs to be done for the British steel industry to compete with China and the rest of the world.

Speaking in the House of Lords, Baroness Redfern, who is also a councillor for the Isle of Axholme, said that British Steel was a vital part of the supply chain in the UK.

"Sections that British Steel produces in Scunthorpe in my area and Teesside play a valuable part in the supply chain," she said.

"By updating our procurement approach on major projects,we are now creating a level playing field for UK steel."

She added that more work needs to be done by government, trade unions and the industry to help compete with industries abroad.

She asked the minister: "Does the Minister agree that, despite the hard work of government, industry and trade unions, more work needs to be done to ensure that returns improve further in the coming months and years to compete with China and elsewhere in the world?"

The Government set up the steel council in April 2016 by then Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, following the sale of Tata Steel in Port Talbot.

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