Archive for February 13, 2001

13 February 2001

Alison Halford (Delyn): With regard to policy development and co-ordination of cross cutting issues, what lessons has the Assembly learned from the recent dealings with Corus in order to prevent such actions in the future. (OAQ9578) The First Minister: I am grateful for that question because Corus did itself no favours in its conduct. It was in marked contrast to the way Ford in handling the disinvestment in Cleveland, Ohio, and the welcome investment in Bridgend, operated on both sides of the Atlantic. As regards Corus, we are continuing to work closely with the trade unions. There will be an enormously important meeting between the trade unions and Corus’ top brass tomorrow. We had a meeting of the taskforce, which involved the trade unions, local authorities, central Government agencies such as the Department for Education and Employment, and other agencies in Wales such as the Welsh Development Agency and the training and enterprise councils. Therefore, we tried to examine this as a cross-cutting issue, allowing for the fact that the circumstances will be different in Ebbw Vale, Llanwern, Shotton and Bryngwyn. Each will need a tailor-made package suiting their exact circumstances when we know the outcome of tomorrow’s negotiations. We …..