§ Mr. Iain Mills
asked the Minister for Trade if he will make a statement on the latest position of voluntary controls on the export of cars and light vans from Japan to the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Peter Rees
In the most recent of the regular talks with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders I understand that the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association reaffirmed its prudent policy for shipping motor vehicles to this country. The SMMT expects that the outcome for this year will be satisfactory and, in respect of light commercial vehicles, Japanese penetration of the United Kingdom market will be much lower than in 1981. My Department will continue to monitor this matter closely.