asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether, in the light of the widespread concern about the rapid decline of the motor manufacturing industry and the possibility of its total collapse, he will take steps to rescue the industry.
No. What is needed in the motor industry is increased productivity and competitiveness. This will be assisted by the top priority which the Government are giving to reducing inflation. In any case, the Government have already given substantial financial support to BL in recognition of its special problems.