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Volume 885: debated on Wednesday 5 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry (1) if, in his policy towards the motor industry, he will take account of the concern among British car workers about the lack of accountability of multi-national companies to the British car industry;(2) if he will take steps designed to make multinational companies in the motor industry accountable for manpower and planning of United Kingdom plant by obliging them to give advance warning to the United Kingdom Government of any proposed cutback investment policy within the United Kingdom and the division of labour between design and engineering and assembly.

The system of planning agreements and the information provisions in the Industry Bill are designed to secure this for large companies.