De Lorean Motor Company

Prayers – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22 May 1981.

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Photo of Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne , Knutsford 12:00, 22 May 1981

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I wish to draw your attention and that of the House to a question that has been tabled for written answer today by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. I refer to question No. 97, from my hon. Friend the Member for Petersfield (Mr. Mates), who asks the Secretary of State whether De Lorean Motor Cars Limited have sought any additional financing following the recent attack on their premises. The House will recall that in theOfficial Report, in columns 961–2 of 7 August last and again in column 973 of 12 February last, first my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and then my hon. Friend the Minister of State twice assured the House that that business had exhausted all claims upon the generosity of the British taxpayer. If those assurances to the House are to be regarded as, in the White House phrase, "inoperative", the House is owed at the very least an oral statement, with the opportunity to cross-question.