SINCE it was announced, the Government’s scheme to give people who scrap old cars up to £2,000 for a new one has received almost universal praise.
Now Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Andrew Miller has revealed he may have been the first to give Prime Minister Gordon Brown the idea.
He says he mentioned the scheme, which had seen success in Germany, to the Prime Minister privately last October and the following month brought up the possibility of money-for-scrap in a parliamentary liaison committee he sits on.
“It is one of our tasks twice a year to cross examine the Prime Minister,” he explains.
“We did that last November and I put in a bid to ask questions about the manufacturing industry.
“I spoke about the vehicle scrappage scheme and other issues around manufacturing.
“In parliamentary terms, I was one of the first to bring up the scrappage scheme.”
He is a passionate supporter of the scheme, which will release up to £2,000 to motorists who scrap a car at least 10-years-old. The money will help them buy a new car and, it is hoped, stimulate the motor industry.