|Mr Fallon spoke of the government's
plans to boost the industry's growth even further.
He was quoted by yorkshirepost.co.uk as saying: "The
government is investing £1bn jointly with industry to keep the UK at the
cutting edge of automotive technology.
"As part of our industrial strategy, we will continue to work
collaboratively to give companies the confidence to invest and create
strong growth for the future."
Mr Fallon made the comments after Jaguar Land Rover launched the
first phase of its plans to add 1,700 staff to the workforce at its
plant in Solihull. According to themanufacturer.com, it is currently looking to fill 500 of the production line vacancies.
The car-maker, which is owned by Indian firm Tata Motors, is
investing £1.5 billion in its UK operations, with major plans for
growth. It is thought that the expansion will see staff numbers at its
Solihull facility grow to approximately 8,000 when all of the vacancies
are eventually filled.
Operations director Alan Volkaerts went on to say that the company
would need to source the "best people" if it was to maintain its recent