Media Watch: Government doesn't know how much steel it buys (Huff Post)

The Government does not know how much British steel it buys despite the long-term crisis in the industry.

Ministers have announced they want Whitehall departments to “Buy British” to help save ailing steelworks, but the office in charge of procurement does not hold a record of how much it currently purchases.

Last month in a question tabled in Parliament, Labour MP Kevin Brennan asked the Cabinet Office for a breakdown of how much steel is bought domestically by each Whitehall department.

In response, Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock said: “The information is not held centrally.”

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