HC Deb 15 March 1956 vol 550 cc548-9
40. Miss Burton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that since the October Budget cars have been stockpiled in all parts of the country; that since he increased the Bank Rate this position has become worse; and if he will take steps in his forthcoming Budget to aid the motor industry thus affected by Government policy.

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury (Sir Edward Boyle)

I cannot anticipate my right hon. Friend's Budget statement.

Miss Burton

That is cold comfort to the motor industry. Is the hon. Gentleman aware that under the Labour Government the motor industry exported two-thirds of its production, but that under this Government its exports have fallen to less than half; is he further aware that this redundancy and short-time working in the motor industry will soon push up the unit costs of production and make exporting still more difficult; and is that what the Government have in mind?

Sir E. Boyle

We cannot debate the motor industry now.

Mr. Stokes

The Government have not got anything in mind.