34. Mr. Wells
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a 360W statement about the changed position of Chrysler in Maidstone since the Minister of State received a deputation of trades unionists and the hon. Member for Maidstone.
Mr. Alan Williams
There has been no change in the arrangements to stop production of vehicle components at the end of June in accordance with the agreement between Chrysler and the Government. As the hon. Member is aware, Chrysler is negotiating for the disposal of its air-conditioning interests at Maidstone. These arrangements have not yet been concluded, but I am hopeful that production of air-conditioning equipment will remain in the Maidstone area, although not necessarily in Maidstone itself[...]