MPs to grill Jaguar chiefs over production move

Executives at luxury carmaker Jaguar are to be questioned by British MPs over the controversial decision to end production in Coventry, it was confirmed today.

Executives at luxury carmaker Jaguar are to be questioned by British MPs over the controversial decision to end production in Coventry, it was confirmed today.

Officials from Ford, which owns Jaguar, have been called to give evidence to the Trade and Industry Select Committee, probably next month.

The move was welcomed by unions, which have been campaigning to keep Jaguar car production at the Browns Lane site.

Tony Woodley, general secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union, said: “We hope that Ford will provide MPs with their full financial position and business justification for the effective closure of Browns Lane, which they have so far refused to share with us, and make clear their commitment to the UK.

“We will want to impress upon MPs the serious implications of Ford’s breach of agreement with the unions.”

Derek Simpson, general secretary of Amicus, said: “The effective closure of Browns Lane will have devastating consequences for Coventry and the wider car production supply chain in the West Midlands.

“The repercussions are also being felt across the whole Ford group as employees ask if they can trust any Ford agreement or promise.

“Ford should be made to explain their decision at the very highest levels and every effort must be made to put pressure on them to reverse it.”

The unions will also give evidence to the committee.

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