§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the recent European Commission report on the cost of British cars for sale in the UK compared with their cost in other EU countries. 
§ Dr. Howells
The European Commission's latest report on car prices in the European Union showed that price differences had significantly decreased since its previous report but that the UK continued to be the most expensive market for many models.
We shall be encouraging the Commission, as part of its evaluation of the cars block exemption, to identify the reasons for these price differences.