A Midland MP is set to lead a major inquiry into the collapse of MG Rover.
Peter Luff, Conservative MP for Mid Worcestershire, is tipped at Westminster to become the new chairman of the Trade and Industry Select Committee.
The high-profile post would place him in charge of an investigation into how the car giant was managed in the five years after it was sold by BMW.
The select committee is expected to look into allegations surrounding the directors of Phoenix Venture Holdings, MG Rover?s parent company.
It will also look at the behaviour of the Department of Trade and Industry in the days leading up to MG Rover?s collapse.
The manufacturer was bought by PVH for just #10 from BMW, which threw in a loan of almost #500 million and a stock of ready-to-sell cars.
Select committees are made up of backbench MPs from all parties and are independent from the Government.
The role of chairman is highly prestigious and is usually hotly contested. Mr Luff is understood to be in the frame after providing years of service to the Conservative Party as assistant chief whip.
He stood down from that post after the General Election, and party managers have lined him up for the Trade and Industry job.
Chairmanships are shared between the political parties according to their representation in the House of Commons.
A formal appointment will be made next week. In theory, back-benchers can reject recommendations from party managers, but Mr Luff?s appointment will not be controversial.
Mr Luff was unavailable for comment yesterday. He is known to be keen to secure a committee chairman-ship after five years in the relative obscurity of the whips office.
Other members of the committee are yet to be confirmed. Before the election, they included Birmingham MP Richard Burden (Lab North-field) and Worcester-shire MP Julie Kirkbride ( Con Bromsgrove).