Swire’s preoccupations this week: naming ships and electric car manufacture

HMS Exeter? Why not HMS East Devon? Or HMS Honiton?

Or is Swire seeing his future increasingly in “Greater Exeter”? Or seeing himself as Bojo’s Minister of Defence, perhaps?

And how many electric car manufacturers can we expect at the East Devon Growth Point.

Oral Answers to Questions – Defence: Topical Questions (23 Oct 2017)
https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-10-23a.17.7&s=speaker%3A11265#g20.2

Hugo Swire: Five ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Exeter after Devon’s county capital, the first in 1680. Does my hon. Friend agree that it would be entirely appropriate if one of the new frigates continued that great tradition?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (23 Oct 2017)
https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-10-23a.59.4&s=speaker%3A11265#g92.0

Hugo Swire: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that this country manufactures more automobiles than the whole of Italy. Does he not think that that manufacturing can go on when we change from the combustion engine to the electric vehicle?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (23 Oct 2017)
https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-10-23a.59.4&s=speaker%3A11265#g95.0

Hugo Swire: Does my right hon. Friend not agree that, during the transition stage when we move to electric autonomous vehicles, there will be a period in which a goodly percentage of the population will retain normal diesel or petrol vehicles? How will we divide up the streets? If every single parking space in an urban area is given over to electric charging, will that prevent those who do not need to…

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