The Prime Minister met the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones in Downing Street this morning. The Chancellor, the Business Secretary and the Wales Secretary also attended.
The Prime Minister was clear that the shared overall goal is to find a buyer who can provide a long-term, sustainable future for Tata Strip Products. Both the Prime Minister and the First Minister agreed that the 2 governments are on exactly the same page and must continue to work closely together to secure steelmaking at Port Talbot and more widely.
The Business Secretary provided an update on the sales process and meetings with Tata. He outlined his meeting with senior executives from Tata in London yesterday and how he would travel to Mumbai today for meetings with Tata chairman Cyrus Mistry where they will discuss the details of the sales process for Tata’s UK steel operations.
The Prime Minister and Chancellor highlighted the Business Secretary’s leadership in organising the Steel Council meeting, and leading other discussions within the EU, as a clear demonstration that the UK government was acting. They discussed how the UK government has supported action on steel dumping at the EU level and would continue to push for more action to support the steel sector.
The Prime Minister and First Minister finished by agreeing they should continue to meet regularly.