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Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL4732, tabled on 17 January 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the reduction in the size of the UK steel industry, what steps they are taking to retain the skills of UK metallurgists, particularly in the area of steel innovation.

Answered on

31 January 2017

This Department is funding an independent study to identify the future markets for steel products, and anticipate what capabilities the UK steel sector will need to capture these opportunities. This will include increasing the capability of the sector to innovate, and ensuring that the UK steel sector can benefit from the significant investments made by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and InnovateUK. These support UK capability in materials science, including steel, through their support for research and R&D, and specialist research and technology institutions such as the Sir Henry Royce Institute and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.