In the House of Commons Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) has been continuing to complain about the alleged lack of Ministry of Defence records of its steel procurements covering the past six years [against the background of job losses in the UK steel industry] .
Doughty asked the Business Secretary Sajid Javid “Why on earth should we believe the Government’s promises on procurement when they do not even keep records in the Ministry of Defence?” – and asked Javid directly what he was going to do about it.
Sajid Javid, however, had not come to the dispatch box unprepared.
He replied “We are the first country in the EU to take advantage of new procurement rules. When it comes to defence needs and other infrastructure projects, we should use British steel whenever we can. For example, the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers are 94% British steel—that is 77,000 tonnes.
Javid went on to say “Last week I visited Crossrail, the biggest infrastructure project in Europe, and almost all of it is British steel.”