Following a letter from Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, Prime Minister David Cameron has refused to make a public correction after misleading the House of Commons on how much steel was used in the Forth Crossing.
The Prime Minister made the claims that no Scottish steel was used in the Forth Crossing in response to a question posed by Marion Fellows during PMQs on the 27th of April, stating: “It is worth asking how much Scottish steel was in the Forth road bridge—zero! None! Absolutely nothing!”
Marion Fellows wrote to the Prime Minister requesting an apology, highlighting that steel from the Dalzell plant was used in both ends of the crossing.
Commenting, Marion Fellows said:
“It is disgraceful that the Prime Minister has made such claims in front of the entire house and will not correct his inaccuracies.
“His reasons were that although Scottish steel was used on the ends of the bridge, it was not actually used in the part of the structure that crosses the Forth. This is ludicrously pedantic and childish.
“Dalzell steel was used on either end of the bridge. The reason why more Scottish steel was not used was due to the fact that Dalzell can only produce steel plate; it is not a steel fabricator. Our Ravenscraig steel works, which could have fabricated the steel, was closed due to previous Tory Governments’ negligence.
“Tata Steel themselves said that they were only “indirectly” involved in the tendering process.
“Furthermore, all contracts were managed by the Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors; not the Scottish Government. And as dictated by EU law, all public procurement contracts must be advertised in all member states and each bid treated equally.
“Despite this, 45% of total orders, which amounted to £540 million, went to Scottish companies and created hundreds of jobs in Scotland.”