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Greg Clark is accused of misleading MPs for having paid £ 61 million to Nissan

Labor blames Secretary of State Greg Clark for misleading misleading MEPs by failing to tell Parliament that Nissan has received a £ 61 million state aid package, although he assured the Commons that he would do so ,

Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Secretary in the Shadow, said the Cabinet Minister was "under scrutiny" as a result of the promises he made to Nissan in October 2016 for Nissan's testing of production in Sunderland after Brexit.

At the time, Clark had refused to say exactly what assurances he had given Nissan, and even said that "no checkbook" was involved, though he urged to disclose how he had convinced the company to trust the UK to show.

The Secretary of Commerce promised MPs from the lower house plenary that any offer of Nissan's taxpayer support should ultimately be reported to Parliament after it had been formally agreed, in comments confiscated by Labor.

Clark said on 31 October 2016 that all state aid proposals had been "rigorously controlled externally" by the Industrial Development Advisory Board (IDAB) and reported to Parliament.

Nissan received a £ 61m package in June 2018, which was kept secret until the beginning of this month. At that time, the Japanese carmaker changed his mind and decided that he would not do the X-Trail SUV in Sunderland.

Long-Bailey said, "The government has reviewed the assurances given to Nissan since it was first brought to light. While Labor advocates support for British industry, we do not support deals with treasures without strategy and transparency. "

Clark said Nissan would not have to apply for state aid after he had abandoned his commitment to build the X-Trail in Sunderland. Otherwise, 740 jobs would have been created in the Sunderland plant, which employs 7,000 people.

Long-Bailey also wrote a letter to Clark accusing that he had failed to "keep his own promise to Nissan" and urged him to "demand that the prime minister rule out a no-deal Brexit clear in private and must now have the courage to make public ".

Automobile manufacturers have repeatedly warned of the dangers of no-deal brexit, with Ford and Toyota and the Chamber of Commerce of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders among those who have ventured with their concerns to the public.

Last week, Rachel Reeves, the chairman of the Business Select Committee, had made a promise from Clark that he would notify the committee each time a company was granted an aid package.

State aid for car manufacturers, including Toyota, Ford and BMW, was also approved at £ 150 million, without any attention being paid to MEPs. In a comprehensive program, the main manufacturers after the departure of the country to get the trust in Britain European Union.

Richard Harrington, a young economics minister, confirmed in a written answer that, while the Parliament did not look into IDAB's £ 61 million package, Parliament had not been informed.

Harrington justified the decision of Clark with the following words: "Only if the Foreign Minister wanted to violate the recommendation of the Board (which was not the case at the Nissan Prize), he must (if the Board does this) [the IDAB] Applications) make a statement to Parliament. "

The junior minister added: "There is no obligation to act according to your recommendation."



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