Steel boss attacks `deluge of legislation’

A leading UK steel and metal manufacturer last week lambasted the Government for its industrial policy that he said appeared `hell bent’ on destroying UK manufacturing and jobs. David Hall, managing director of Sheffield-based Firth Rixson, launched his attack in the Sheffield Star just as a select committee is due to consider the climate change […]

A leading UK steel and metal manufacturer last week lambasted the Government for its industrial policy that he said appeared `hell bent’ on destroying UK manufacturing and jobs.

David Hall, managing director of Sheffield-based Firth Rixson, launched his attack in the Sheffield Star just as a select committee is due to consider the climate change levy.

He said: `Almost from the day this government took office, industry has endured a deluge of new legislation.’ The energy tax and social welfare laws would have a `catastrophic effect’ even on firms the size of his, he added. Firth, which has sites in the US and UK, had a £170m turnover last year.

Hall warned that companies could be forced to locate overseas where manufacturing industry is `still appreciated’.