HC Deb 19 May 1981 vol 5 cc48-9W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what is the Japanese share of the car market in each of the member States of the European Economic Community; and what is his estimate of the figure attainable compatible with a viable European Community industry.

1979. Mr. Parkinson

The following are the market shares for 1980—unless stated otherwise—in percentage terms:

Italy *0.1
France 2.9
West Germany 10.4
United Kingdom 11.9
Luxembourg 20.6
Belgium 24.6
Netherlands 26.4
Denmark 30.9
Irish Republic †31.1
Greece 49.2

Source: SMMT.


† January-September 1980.

No reliable estimate can be made of the overall market share which would be compatible with a viable Community industry. The Japanese authorities and their manufacturers are fully aware that the Government expect a significant reduction in their share of the United Kingdom car market this year compared with 1980.

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