Anger at lack of car industry help

Anger at lack of car industry help

The lack of adequate help given to Britain's car industry has seen ministers slated in the Commons.

The criticism, which comes after Jaguar Land Rover announced 300 jobs will be axed, saw the Government slammed for dragging its heels in helping firms access European loans.

Also under fire was Business Secretary Lord Mandelson's £2.3 billion support scheme for the car industry, which was attacked for not delivering a "single penny".

However, according to Business Minister Pat McFadden, the Government is working "diligently, carefully and productively" with firms.

Shadow business minister Mark Prisk said during Commons question time that Jaguar was relying in part on how quickly a European Investment Bank (EIB) loan would be forthcoming if it was to avoid further cuts.

He asked: "Given that ministers agreed on this loan three months ago, why is the company and why are its workers still waiting?

"The French, the Germans delivered their loans from the EIB months ago. Why is it that under this Government car firms in Britain are the last to get the help they have been promised?

"Is it deliberate Government policy or just incompetence?"

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