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Hewitt calls on US to open its markets.

THE Government won praise from steelworkers' leaders last night for speaking out against plans by the United States administration to introduce restrictions on steel imports.

Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt told a business meeting in London that America could play its part in restoring world economic growth by opening its markets.

"The British Government has made clear to the highest levels of the US administration the dangers involved in introducing restrictions on steel imports."

Ms Hewitt, who has been putting strong pressure on US officials in recent weeks, said UK industry should not be "swamped" by any backwash from restricted steel imports.

"We defend our right to consider options for preventing serious injury to the industry."

Michael Leahy, general secretary of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation, said UK steelworkers would take great comfort from the minister's words.

"This is a clear and visible sign of Government support for a modern and efficient industry."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 5, 2002
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