There was no formal bid from British Leviand within the corporate plan for additional funding, Mr John Butcher, Under Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, said during Commons questions. He denied an assertion by Mr John Smith, chief Opposition spokesman on trade and industry, that the Department of Trade and Industry was “at war” with Austin Rover.
When Mr Ivor Stanbrook (Orpington. C) asked why the British were reluctant to buy British cars, Mr Butcher said British vehicle builders had made great strides; Unfortunately. many British people had acquired the habit of buying foreign cars and were not looking, as they should, at the increased quality and the range of models now coming forward from British builders.