Last week I spoke during the Opposition Day Debate on the UK Steel Industry.
"On the EU helping out, does my hon. Friend [Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Secretary of State for BIS] agree that there is a strong case for carbon tariffs from the EU so that we do not displace clean steel produced in Britain with dirty steel produced in China and elsewhere?"
"Does the right hon. Gentleman [Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales] accept that giving the contract on HS2 to the Chinese will increase the probability that they will use Chinese steel? Moreover, if we had given that contract to a British consortium, those companies would have paid British corporation tax, British national insurance and British income tax, and they would have supported British supply chains and built British capacity for the future. Is not his laissez-faire approach, which has neglected British steel and British industry, at the root of this problem—or a large part of it at least?"