HL Deb 01 April 1981 vol 419 c296WA
The Marquess of Ailesbury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will comment on the report in the Daily Mail of 16th March to the effect that the production of a diesel-powered Rover car is in jeopardy because of their policy on the taxation of diesel fuel.

The Earl of Gowrie

The development of new models is a commercial matter entirely for BL. The motor industry welcomed the Government's decision last year to restore parity of duty between petrol and diesel fuel. This relationship has not been affected by the increases announced in this year's Budget.