Archive : Stokes denial of government aid

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

Talks of Government aid for British Leyland was “foolish chatter”, Lord Stokes, the chairman, said yesterday.

“We have neither sought nor been offered any monies from the Government other than normal regional grants. Conjecture of this sort is entirely hypothetical and, frankly, is just foolish chatter which unfortunately tends to create unnecessary anxieties among our work force.”

One Sunday newspaper report suggested that Whitehall was drawing up plans to inject up to £100m in the company to finance future investment. Lord Stokes said there was no difference of opinion between himself, his directors or the corporation’s top executives on the question of government loans or on the broad question of nationalization.

Keith Adams

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Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

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