§ Mr. Bidwell
asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether the British tyre-making industry is equipped to satisfy the internal market and to play 326W the role in industry to keep a British presence in exports.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
The industry's continuing international trade surplus reflects its ability to serve both domestic and overseas markets. I recognise, however, that the industry is facing very real problems in both the domestic and international markets and that this has recently necessitated some difficult decisions by companies rationalising their production.