§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the President of the Board of Trade by what means his Department supports the development of electric cars. 
§ Mr. Greg Knight
Alternative propulsion technology, including electric and hybrid motors, is a key theme in the developing foresight vehicle initiative. The DTI is also supporting a number of trials of alternatively fuelled vehicles, including electric vehicles. In addition, the Department assists British companies in bringing relevant technology to the international market—for example by supporting a British presence at the recent international electric vehicle exhibition in Osaka, Japan.