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Tata Steel: Port Talbot

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL4733, tabled on 17 January 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with Tata Steel about the future of the Port Talbot plant following the end of the five-year commitment to keep two blast furnaces at the plant and avoid compulsory redundancies.

Answered on

31 January 2017

On 7 December, Tata Steel UK and the unions reached provisional agreement on a package of measures, including guarantees in relation to future employment, production and investment at Port Talbot, and changes to the current pension schemes. These proposals will be subject to a ballot by the workforce between 30 January and 16 February, and are a commercial matter for the company and its employees.

The Government remains in contact with Tata Group at all levels, and we remain committed to securing the long term future of Port Talbot. The Government is also committed to working with UK steel producers, trade unions, the devolved nations and other partners to create a sustainable and competitive steel sector in the UK.