HC Deb 21 April 1952 vol 499 cc15-6
26. Mr. Maurice Edelman

asked the Minister of Supply what advice he has received from the National Advisory Council for the motor manufacturing industry concerning the desirable proportion of motor car allocations to the home and export markets, respectively.

20. Mr. Gerald Williams

asked the Minister of Supply if, in view of the need to speed up business and save time, money and material in patching up very old motor cars, he will raise the present quota of motor cars allowed to the home market.

Mr. Sandys

The size of the home quota is governed by our pressing need to expand exports. The motor manufacturers have recently suggested that the home quota should not be a fixed figure, but should be calculated as a proportion of the industry's export trade. I am at present examining the implications of this proposal with them.

Mr. Edelman

In the meantime, provided the motor industry fulfils its annual export quota, will the right hon. Gentleman give the industry greater flexibility, particularly during its present difficulties, in order to make, if possible, earlier allocations to the home market?

Mr. Sandys

It was with the object of getting greater flexibility that the motor manufacturers put forward this proposal which, as I have told the House, I am at present examining with them.

27. Miss Burton

asked the Minister of Supply if he is aware of the cancellation of the Lagonda contract with Messrs. Motor Panels (Coventry), Limited, details of which were supplied to him on 24th March last; and, in view of the impact of such cancellations on the production of specialist high-priced cars, if he will adjust the quota of these cars for the home market.

Mr. Sandys

The hon. Lady's Question appears to be based on a misapprehension. I am informed that the contract referred to has not been cancelled.

Miss Burton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware how happy I shall be if his statement is correct—and I have no reason to think otherwise—and how glad the people of Coventry will be to learn that the contract has not been terminated?