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Business secretary tells Autocar car makers can no longer expect to count on government support

Business secretary Vince Cable has sent out strong signals that car makers can no longer expect subsidies to make cars in the UK.

Speaking to Autocar at today’s SMMT conference in central London he said stated: “I don’t see the future as large scale funding for particular companies. We can’t fight a subsidy war.”

Cable insisted that he saw future government money going towards supporting the car business as a whole pledging support for investment in research, technical education, more apprenticeships in the motor industry and attracting inward investment through lowering corporation tax and creating a stable economy.

The business secretary also denied that the much heralded £5000 subsidy for anyone buying an electric car was going to be scrapped, admitting that it was still “actively under consideration”.

He also pledged support for Britain’s luxury car business arguing, “we’re not trying to turn every car into a Nissan Leaf”.

“There’s variety in the motor industry and it needs to be supported,’ he said.

Chas Hallett


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zthomasz 30 June 2010

Re: Car makers' subsidies 'to end'

pabs wrote:
Mind you, that was Labour.

Supported by the Right Honourable Vincent Cable MP.

Peter Cavellini 30 June 2010

Re: Car makers' subsidies 'to end'

When subsides were first announced it was going to be the salvation of the industry, and it was, people bought in their thousands to get heavy Co'2 cars of the roads, but they, the garages were bound to know that it wouldn't last forever.I think that garages should go and have a god think about incentives of their own because as we all knowwe can get our cars serviced cheaper and in some cases better elsewhere outside the dealer networks.

Los Angeles 30 June 2010

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pabs wrote:
Mind you, that was Labour.
So, now we can all expect the new coalition to let banks, investors, and insurance companies go to the wall?

I don't think so.

Our non-elected politicians are hell bent on making us pay three times over for the banks crooked gambling: the bailout, greater taxes to pay for it, and vast cuts in social services. Terrific.

Wait until the thousands unemployed go onto the welfare bill ...