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Motor Vehicles: Government Assistance

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what steps the Government are taking to support the car industry: (251255)

(2) what recent steps the Government have taken to ensure confidence in the car market;

(3) what recent steps the Government have taken to ensure the availability of credit to businesses to enable the purchase of motor vehicles;

(4) what recent steps the Government have taken to ensure job security for those employed by the UK automotive industry;

(5) what recent steps the Government have taken to facilitate the sale of UK-manufactured cars abroad.

[holding answer 26 January 2009]: I refer my hon. Friend to the statement I made in the House on 27 January 2009, Official Report, columns 165-67, on the automotive sector.

In addition, UK Trade and Investment supports the UK automotive sector in overseas markets and will continue to do so. For example, during his recent trip to India, the Business Secretary used his keynote address to the Symposium on International Automotive Technology to promote UK automotive excellence. UKTI senior staff, including our ambassadors, regularly promote UK automotive excellence by hosting high profile events around the overseas launch of UK-manufactured cars.

In March, UKTI will launch the UK Advanced Engineering Marketing Strategy, to promote the UK as international partner of choice in the automotive, aerospace and engineering sectors. This is in line with other UK marketing strategies, such as those for energy, ICT and life sciences.