§ Mr. Heathcoat-Amory
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with Nissan over the future of its car plant in Sunderland. 
§ Mr. Byers
[holding answer 16 November 2000]: The Department is in regular contact with senior executives from Nissan both from the UK and Japan to discuss issues affecting the development of the car plant in Sunderland. Officials are also working closely with the company to help secure the assembly of the new Micra model at the Sunderland plant.