HC Deb 10 November 1966 vol 735 cc347-8W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that overseas sales of motor-cars are now running at a figure of 100,000 less than in 1964, and that in 1961, on the last occasion when a squeeze was placed on the motor car industry, this fell by 200,000 vehicles; and what action he proposes to take to reverse this trend and increase exports of cars and vehicles generally.

Mr. Mason

Exports in the first nine months of this year were 440,000 cars compared with 513,000 in the same period of 1964. This fall reflects changes in conditions abroad rather than at home. Reversal depends upon these market conditions and upon the efforts of the industry to expand sales; the Board of Trade and the Ministry of Technology will continue to give their full support to the industry's efforts.