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Automotive Assistance Programme

Business, Innovation and Skills – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 16th July 2009.

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Photo of Richard Spring Richard Spring Vice-Chair, Conservative Party 10:30 am, 16th July 2009

What progress has been made on the automotive assistance programme.

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Photo of Richard Spring Richard Spring Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

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?

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Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Business and Regulatory Reform)

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.

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