Belfast Telegraph

No talks between Theresa May and Tata bosses during India visit

Plans for Prime Minister Theresa May to talk to leaders of Indian multinational Tata during her three-day visit to the country about the future of the company's steelmaking plants in the UK have fallen through.

Mrs May - who is on a trade mission taking in Indian capital New Delhi and Bangalore - said it had proved impossible to stage the meeting for scheduling reasons.

The future of Tata Steel UK and its 11,000 workers have been in doubt since its Indian owner announced in March it was reviewing the future of the business.

And uncertainty was heightened when former boss Cyrus Mistry was removed as chairman.

Interim chair Ratan Tata is reported to be conducting a detailed review of the UK - which includes former British Steel works at Port Talbot - before making a final decision in around four weeks.

"I had hoped to be able to meet key people from Tata while I was in India," said Mrs May.

"Sadly, the schedules don't allow me to do that on this particular visit.

"But there are regular contacts between the Government and Tata Steel for some time now. There continue to be those regular contacts to ensure we maintain - as been maintained so far - that steel production in the UK."

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