HC Deb 04 April 1955 vol 539 cc812-3
28. Mr. Edelman

asked the Minister of Supply whether he has noted the difficulties which will be caused to the British motor industry as a result of the Australian import cuts; and whether he will refer this problem to the National Advisory Council for the Motor Manufacturing Industry for its consideration.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply (Sir Edward Boyle)

As my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Board of Trade, said on 29th March, the effect of the Australian import restrictions on the motor industry's exports is not expected to be severe, and the motor industry is confident of being able to develop other export markets. Problems which may arise will be dealt with by the day-to-day contacts between the Ministry of Supply and the industry. I also have no doubt that the National Advisory Council for the Motor Manufacturing Industry will consider this matter at their next meeting.

Mr. Edelman

But despite the complacency of the Minister, is he not aware that the situation is being watched with keen anxiety by tens of thousands of motor workers in the Midlands, and will he not use the National Advisory Council precisely for the purpose for which it was created, namely, to deal with situations of this kind?

Sir E. Boyle

My right hon. Friend is not in the least complacent, because this is a matter of great importance, but he thinks that any problems which may arise can best be dealt with by direct contact between his Department and the industry.