Vaux Brewery

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 7:44 pm on 29th April 1999.

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Photo of Alan Campbell Alan Campbell Labour, Tynemouth 7:44 pm, 29th April 1999

On short-termism and regional assistance, I know that my right hon. Friend shares my concern about today's decision by Siemens to invest in a plant in France rather than on north Tyneside. Quite apart from the fact that the French factory will not be making the same product as the north Tyneside one, that suggests an appalling lack of commitment by Siemens to finding a secure future for the plant and for the work force.

Regional assistance is given to companies, and I welcome the decision to reclaim £18 million from Siemens. Will my right hon. Friend make sure that if regional assistance is given—