15 MARCH 1975, Page 5

Motor industry

Sir: Probably the strongest case yet advanced by a motor industry leader for Britain's continued membership of the European Community was made a short time ago by Mr Gilbert Hunt, Deputy President of the (British) Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

He is quoted as saying, "I want first of all to state clearly yet again the British motor industry's unswerving faith in the Community."

He went on to say that in 1970, 13 per cent of Britain's total motor exports went to the original six members of the EEC. By 1973 this had risen to 16.7 per cent. Over the four years 1970-1973 British motor exports rose in value by 35 per cent to the world but by 74 per cent to Europe. Mr Hunt admitted that European motor firms "had benefited greatly" from increased sales in Britain. But he insisted that the extent of these successes were not entirely due to membership. "No one can be blamed but ourselves that British industry has not made faster progress over the past two years."

P. Groves Well Hall, Bedell, Yorkshire