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Automotive Assistance Programme

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

16. What progress has been made on the automotive assistance programme. (287067)

Well, Mr. Speaker, it certainly was well worth waiting for.

Have any specific discussions been undertaken with Nissan, and, if so, have any assurances been given about jobs located in the United Kingdom?

I regret to say that the discussions taking place with individual car companies are subject to commercial confidentiality. However, we are having active discussions with many car companies. In particular, we are investigating the development of green technologies, and discussing, in the context of the automotive assistance package, the impressive way in which car companies—including Nissan—are developing, for example, electronic vehicles. We hope that announcements can be made about the sector very shortly.