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Queen's Speech — Debate (5th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:10 pm on 16th May 2012.

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Photo of Lord Whitty Lord Whitty Labour 7:10 pm, 16th May 2012

My Lords, this is the third time that someone from the Benches opposite has claimed credit for the very welcome revival of the motor industry. Does the noble Baroness not accept that the reasons for that revival, after a disastrous prior record, were threefold? The first was the intervention by my noble friend Lord Mandelson on the motor scrappage scheme and other incentives to the industry. The second was the better relations that were established between management and trade unions in the industry, and the third was very substantial investment by Japanese firms, nearly all of which occurred prior to the election in 2010.