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Airbus

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library the minutes of his meeting of 23 October 2006 with the head of (a) Airbus UK and (b) EADS on the future role of UK plants involved in the production of the Airbus A350. (97613)

Details of the discussions with the co-CEOs of EADs on 23 October 2006 are commercially confidential.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what undertakings he has been given by (a) Airbus UK and (b) EADS on preserving the jobs of Airbus employees in Wales. (97614)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry announced at the press conference following the Airbus ministerial meeting at the Farnborough Airshow on 17 July 2006 that

"...EADS, in principle, have agreed: 1—that the original undertakings regarding UK industrial workshare given by EADS to the UK when Airbus was formed in 2000, will survive any shareholding sale;..."

On 12 October, the co-CEOs of EADS confirmed to us that they would respect these undertakings.

The Government are working hard to safeguard British interests and will remain in close contact with EADS and Airbus as they work through the implications of ensuring that Airbus remains competitive.