HC Deb 02 November 2000 vol 355 c577W
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. [133909]

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.