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Motor Industry (Inquiry)

Volume 893: debated on Thursday 12 June 1975

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asked the Prime Minister why, in view of the inquiries already being made into the United Kingdom motor industry, he has authorised at a cost of £160,000 an additional study by McKinsey & Co. on behalf of the Central Policy Review Staff; and if he will make a statement.

The study in question is being conducted by the Central Policy Review Staff. At the same time as the Government asked Sir Don Ryder to study the British Leyland Motor Corporation they asked the CPRS to undertake a study of the size and shape of the whole United Kingdom motor industry in the longer term. The CPRS decided to seek outside help particularly on the international aspects of the motor industry and, following the submission of competitive tenders, McKinsey and Company were selected to work with the CPRS team. The CPRS team is also taking full account of the evidence submitted to the Trade and Industry Sub-Committee's inquiry into the motor vehicle industry in Britain.