Corus and job losses in the North East €“ New Inquiry

The North East Regional Committee of the House of Commons today launched a new emergency inquiry into the position of Corus following this week's announcement of substantial job losses in the North East and the mothballing of its Redcar plant by the end of January 2010.

The steelmaker has confirmed it will curtail production at its Teesside Cast Products factory, putting 1,700 people out of work.

The Committee intends to hold oral evidence sessions early in the new year with a view to reporting on the job losses, what is being put in place to aid those who will lose their jobs, what can be done to prevent the plant's permanent closure and the wider implications for the region's economy.

Written submissions relating to these points should be sent to the Committee as soon as possible, and by 10 January at the latest.

The decision to conduct this emergency inquiry means that the Committee's planned inquiry into Tourism in the North East will be postponed for the time being. A further announcement will be made on that inquiry's progress as soon as is possible.

Please note
A copy of any submission should be sent by e-mail to and marked "North East Regional Committee Inquiry". The Committee's strong preference is for submissions in electronic form, although hard copy originals will be accepted and should be sent to Emma Sawyer, Senior Committee Assistant, at:

Regional Committees
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London SW1P 3JA

Each submission should:
€ be no more than 3,000 words in length;

€ begin with a short summary in bullet point form;

€ have numbered paragraphs; and

€ (if in electronic form) be in Word format or a rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible.

For Data Protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals submitting written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please supply a postal address so that a copy of the Committee's report can be sent to you upon publication.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at:

Please also note that, once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee will normally, although not always, choose to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

11 December 2009