§ Mr. Grylls
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement on the progress so far of the mini replacement programme; when British Leyland intends to launch the new car; and whether he is satisfied that it is in the best interest of British Leyland for this programme to be continued.
§ Mr. Les Huckfield
My right hon. Friend informed the House on 26th May that he had authorised the National Enterprise Board to allow work on the Mini replacement programme to be resumed as soon as it was satisfied that sufficient tangible progress was being made towards measures which would put industrial relations at Leyland Cars on a new basis. The NEB announced on 1st June that it had done so. Information on progress with the programme and on the launch date is a matter for the British Leyland Board. My right hon. Friend stated his view on the future of the programme in the debate on the Address.—[Official Report, Vol. 938, c. 523.]