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Volume 80: debated on Wednesday 12 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has received any representations from the Nissan company concerning the availability and quality of British-manufactured automotive components.Mr. Butcher: No.As envisaged in the agreement with Nissan, my Department has maintained close contact with the Company to ensure the successful implementation of the project. Discussions have been held regularly on all aspects of the operation including the developing relationship between Nissan and the United Kingdom components industry.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he is satisfied that the Nissan company will be able to achieve the agreed 80 per cent. local content for vehicles produced at its north-east assembly plant.

I have no reason to doubt the Company's ability or intention to attain the agreed local content levels.

A statement on the agreement with Nissan, including the local content levels to be achieved in the event of the company proceeding to full scale manufacture, was made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 1 February 1984 at column 265.