David Cameron held talks with Tata Motors chief shortly after election
David Cameron held talks with Jaguar owner Ratan Tata boss after becoming Prime Minister, Downing Street has revealed.
He met the Indian chairman of Tata Group, which owns Jaguar Land Rover, in June.
It was one of the Prime Minister’s first face-to-face talks with the head of a major organisation. Other senior figures met by Mr Cameron during this period included newspaper boss Rupert Murdoch, Bob Geldof and representatives of Facebook and Wikipedia.
A later meeting with Mr Tata in India in July, accompanied by George Osborne, the Chancellor, was widely publicised.
Details of the early talks have now been published by Downing Street alongside data about gifts received by the Prime Minister and meetings held by his political advisers.
Jaguar Land Rover employs 14,500 people in the UK, with plants in Castle Bromwich, Solihull and Merseyside. It had been threatening to close one of the sites but recently announced this would no longer be needed.
Details published by Downing Street also revealed that “special advisers” employed by Labour received £1.8 million in severance pay between them after the general election.
The advisers include people employed to talk to the press as well as policy advisers.
Conservative and Liberal Democrat ministers currently employ 69 special advisers between them.
The data published by Downing Street revealed that Mr Cameron received an iPad from Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York, in July - but didn’t keep it because he already had one.
He had already received an iPad from someone called Mike Faith in May, the data showed.
Under Government rules, any Minister has to give up any expensive gifts they receive - so they can be sold, with the money going to the Treasury - unless they choose to buy them. But the records show that Mr Cameron did buy the iPad, for £429.
It also emerged that Birmingham MP Andrew Mitchell (Con Sutton Coldfield), the International Development Secretary, received a gift of a rug worth “over £140” from the President of Pakistan in May.
As he declined to buy it, it became the property of his department and will be sold.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, received a gift of a £500 handbag in May, but also declined to pay for it.