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House of Commons Hansard
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Automotive Industry: Cleaner Fuels
01 May 2018
Volume 640
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25. What steps he is taking to support the automotive sector to move from diesel to cleaner fuels. [905081]

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We are investing nearly £1.5 billion between April 2015 and March 2021 to grow the market for ultra-low emission vehicles. That is one of the most comprehensive programmes of support globally.

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Two weeks ago, Nissan in my constituency announced job losses, which were more than likely owing to a decline in diesel sales and the switch in production to newer, cleaner models. Therefore, notwithstanding what the Minister said, can he give us some details on what he is doing to support the automotive sector in moving from diesel to cleaner fuels?

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The hon. Lady will know that Nissan is one of the biggest investors in cleaner technology, and through the industrial strategy challenge fund we are supporting the next generation generally. In her constituency, the production of the new Nissan Leaf, which is the most popular electric car in world, began in Sunderland last year with batteries actually made there.

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Well, I know that!

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We are very grateful to the hon. Lady, who says that she knows that, but I am also most grateful to the Minister.