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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 15th March 2012.

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Photo of Vincent Cable Vincent Cable The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 10:30 am, 15th March 2012

My hon. Friend touches on the core argument. We are talking about a very productive plant, which reflects well on the management, and also on the labour force, who have been consistently co-operative. Currently the plant does not operate at full capacity; the issue for the company is how to use that production in a way that minimises excess capacity. We are confident that the UK has a strong case in ensuring that existing production—but also new models, as he said—is secured in Ellesmere Port.