Orders of the Day — Car Tax (Abolition) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 25th November 1992.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden , Birmingham, Northfield 7:30 pm, 25th November 1992

I think that the Minister said that retailers within the motor industry predict that sales will increase by about 70,000 a year. Will he confirm that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders estimate that the increase will be about 60,000? It stresses that it cannot be confident or that until we rid the country of the fear of unemployment. It takes the view that we shall not be able to regenerate the. industry until then. People do not buy new cars when they think that they will lose their jobs. Does the Minister accept that we require an industrial strategy of the sort which has been advocated by the Engineering Employers Federation and which the Government, so far, have singularly failed to provide?