'No guarantee' of HS2 steel contract coming to Scunthorpe
Prime Minister Theresa May pictured during a visit to British Steel in Scunthorpe
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 19 Jun 2017
Government ministers who have visited Scunthorpe over the election campaign have said that they cannot guarantee the Scunthorpe steelworks will be handed the HS2 steel contract.
Over the past six weeks, ministers have visited the town on the election campaign in search of votes for last week's General Election.
Prime Minister Theresa May and Chancellor of the Exchequer both visited Scunthorpe and addressed concerns about the steelworks.
During her visit, the Prime Minister was asked whether or not a Conservative government would guarantee further major infrastructure contracts for the works.
"Workers have told me about what infrastructure contracts they have delivered and what they want to see," she said. "One of them is HS2 and we have made changes to make it easier for procurement for places like Scunthorpe to bid for such contracts.
"Despite the changes that were put in place under the last government, the Prime Minister stopped short of guaranteeing the works the HS2 steel contract.
"The decision will be up to HS2 themselves," she said.
But the Telegraph has confirmed that the Department for Transport is responsible for the procurement of steel.Chancellor Philip Hammond said that Brexit would make bidding for the contracts easier for the steelworks."
We have measures in place which allow for more flexibility for procurement when we leave the European Union," he said.
Again, the Chancellor stopped short of guaranteeing the contract for the works.With the prospect of a new Government being in place in the coming weeks, it is now important to ramp up the pressure to deliver the steel contract for Scunthorpe.Sign our petition below to keep the pressure on the Government to deliver the contract.