Opel/Vauxhall: Sale to Psa Group

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:39 pm on 6th March 2017.

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Photo of Chris Matheson Chris Matheson Labour, City of Chester 3:39 pm, 6th March 2017

I echo the thanks to the Secretary of State for his efforts to keep those of us with a constituency interest involved. I am most grateful to him. Does he accept that our car industry is at a competitive disadvantage compared with those in other European countries because of the way that business rates operate, and that when new plant is installed, it increases business rate costs? Will he speak to his colleagues in the Government to see if we can find a way around this disincentive to invest?