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Tata proposals 'welcome development' says Secretary of State for Wales

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Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, has welcomed the Tata proposals which will secure the future of jobs and production at Port Talbot.

Commenting on the announcement, Alun Cairns said no stone had been left unturned in the Welsh Government's work to support the steel sector.

The progress made over the last few days between Tata and the trade unions over a proposal to put to workers is a welcome development. The UK Government continues to work with partners, the Unions and the Welsh Government to ensure we find a long-term viable solution for the industry.

We have left no stone unturned in our work to support the steel sector and we have been addressing the challenges facing the industry. We are committed to working with a range of parties to achieve a sustainable long term future for steel making at Port Talbot.

– Alun Cairns, Secretary for State for Wales

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Clarity calls after changes at the top of Tata steel

Port Talbot is Tata's biggest plant in Wales Credit: PA, Ben Birchall

The Economy Minister has written to Tata steel's interim chairman to find out what changes at the top of the company will mean for its plants in Wales.

Ken Skates says the replacement of Tata's chairman and plans to consider the appointment of new Directors raise issues for Wales.

He says he's written to the interim chair, Ratan Tata, to find out what the impact might be.

I have written to Mr Ratan Tata to seek clarification on what these senior level changes mean for the future of Tata’s operations in the UK and in particular, the plants in Wales. I have also reiterated that the Welsh Government remains fully committed to delivering action to help secure a sustainable and long-term future for steelmaking in Wales.

– Ken Skates AM, Economy Minister
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