Commons row over subsidies
10/06/1998 in NEWS
Conservative MP for Buckingham John Bercow asked the minister to explain the rationale between the Government policies of 'encouraging people to abandon their cars and use public transport' and 'handing out large subsidies to car manufacturers in an attempt to boost their competitiveness'.
Recently LDV and Daewoo, and Ford at its Halewood plant, have been among manufacturers to benefit from subsidies. Battle said: 'I do not think that improving the environment ought to be set at odds with vehicle use. The two are not, and will not be, at odds under this Government.'