MP’s back­ing for Bri­tish steel in­dus­try

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen’s MP has called for more sup­port for the Bri­tish steel in­dus­try.

Mar­garet Ferrier MP backed the Char­ter for Sus­tain­able Bri­tish Steel at an event in Par­lia­ment last week.

The Char­ter calls for the use of high-qual­ity, sus­tain­able and trace­able car­bon steel re­bar in UK con­struc­tion projects.

The event was fol­lowed by a Westminster Hall De­bate on the fu­ture of the Bri­tish steel in­dus­try, where the Char­ter was praised by a se­lec­tion of cross party MPs.

Re­cent years have seen a vast in­crease in steel im­ports. Alarm­ingly, un­sus­tain­ably pro­duced steel re­bar now oc­cu­pies a third of the mar­ket, with num­bers only in­creas­ing. The Char­ter looks to boost re­spon­si­bly sourced steel, which in­cludes that pro­duced on Bri­tish soil.

The UK steel in­dus­try con­trib­utes bil­lions to the UK econ­omy each year and sup­ports 20,000 jobs and Mar­garet is com­mit­ted to cham­pi­oning this im­por­tant sec­tor.

Ms Ferrier said:“The steel in­dus­try is vi­tal to our econ­omy.

“This Char­ter for Sus­tain­able Bri­tish Steel will help safe­guard jobs and pro­tect the fu­ture of a vi­brant in­dus­try that is also es­sen­tial to the econ­omy of my con­stituency.

“The po­ten­tial for growth and fur­ther in­vest­ment in the steel in­dus­try is enor­mous, and I call on or­gan­i­sa­tions in both the public and pri­vate sec­tor to sign the Char­ter and back sus­tain­able steel.”

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