§ 19. Dr. Gibson
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the prospects for the motor industry in the UK. 
§ Mr. Alan Johnson
The prospects for the UK motor industry are good. 1999 car production was the highest since 1972; sales were the fourth highest on record and UK exports were the highest ever. Since 1997, some 9,600 new jobs have been announced with over £3 billion of new investment.