The Government must support the UK motor industry to help it become a significant driver of growth, a cross-party group of MPs and peers have said.
A successful automotive industry was essential to the UK, said the report from the All-Party Parliamentary Motor Group, led by Birmingham Northfield MP Richard Burden.
The report comes at a time when new car sales are struggling to reach levels achieved last year when the car scrappage scheme boosted new registrations.
The report said the Government should:
Ensure the UK is an attractive place to do business and invest by showcasing the automotive industry as a forward-looking, growing and progressive sector. Look at both the economic and environmental opportunities in supporting the sector’s development of low-carbon technologies. Outline how it plans to work with schools and colleges to make jobs in the sector more appealing and publish an action plan to demonstrate how it intends to work with automotive companies in delivering 75,000 additional apprenticeship places. Strengthen its partnership with the motor industry to help re-balance the economy and ensure the industry achieves its potential as a significant driver of growth.
Labour MP Richard Burden, chairman of the group, said: “Across the UK the automotive industry is an essential part of the glue that binds our economy together.
“The industry produces over one million cars every year and supports over 700,000 jobs.
“The last year has been a critical time for the motor industry. As the economy emerges from recession, the industry has been put at the heart of the debate on re-balancing the economy and sustainable low-carbon growth.
“The UK automotive industry faces many challenges in the coming years – but also has many growth opportunities.
“We must support it to ensure it achieves its potential as a significant driver of growth.”