Call to boost motor industry skills

Call to boost motor industry skills

Foreign investors have to be assured that Britain can provide enough skilled staff in the motor industry, an MP has claimed.

Gavin Williamson, the Prime Minister's Parliamentary private secretary, has urged the Government to show foreign firms that they will be given support.

Mr Williamson said talks should be entered into with Nissan, Toyota and Honda in order to convince them to base more research and development schemes in the UK and to make more use of technical expertise.

He lamented the UK's "incredibly weak" supply chain and its £7 billion trade deficit, meaning parts often have to be imported.

The member for South Staffordshire told a Westminster debate on the UK car industry that small and medium-sized businesses should be encouraged to put money into Britain.

He said that the Government should be looking to reassure foreign investors that support is at hand, either through a regional growth funding mechanism or a similar scheme.

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