Buy UK built vehicles, councils told

Published:  02 July, 2013

Public sector organisations must increase efforts to purchase UK built vehicles and support the manufacturing industry, according to a trade union.

Speaking to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders today,Uniteassistant general secretary for manufacturing Tony Burke will say councils must direct spending on vehicles through the UK supply chain.

Burke will emphasise that Unite would continue to ‘bang on' about a UK procurement policy.

vansThere is ‘no reason' why public authorities cannot purchase UK made vehicles, Unite will say.

Burke will say: ‘Unite believes that there is no reason, at all, why public authorities cannot purchase vehicles made here in the UK.

‘It has been said time and again that we need to get our public sector organisations who purchase vehicles, whether that is local authorities or police forces, to buy our UK-made vehicles.

‘I believe it is essential that we promote our own vehicles: designed in the UK; built in the UK and sold in the UK.'

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