Car industry 'has strong future'

The Prime Minister has said the Government will do "everything it can" to support the struggling car industry and reassured the public it has "a strong future".

Following the announcement of a cash injection for the industry by business secretary Lord Mandelson, Gordon Brown said at question time that the package of loans and guarantees was a result of the belief the Government has in the future of the industry.

Mr Brown said: "I believe the car industry is a sector with a strong future. That is why we want to unlock loans of up to £1.3 billion guaranteed for low-carbon initiatives in cars.

"That is why we also are giving loans and guarantees of up to £1 billion for low-carbon initiatives for non-European Investment Bank projects."

He said that further measures such as training grants, that would "help those people in jobs at the moment keep their job", are also being discussed to help car manufacturers through the recession.

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