A long-awaited inquiry into the collapse of Rover has been postponed because of a wall of silence surrounding the carmaker's demise.
The House of Commons Trade and Industry Committee has been forced to admit defeat in its efforts to get to the bottom of what happened to the manufacturer.
Instead, it will conduct a wider investigation into the state of the British automotive industry.
Last month committee chairman Peter Luff (Con), MP for Mid-Worcestershire, issued a plea for witnesses to come forward.
Evidence had not been received from Alchemy, the consortium which failed to buy Rover from BMW in 2000, or from BMW itself.
Phoenix Venture Holdings, which acquired Rover for £10 and has been accused by some critics of failing to manage it successfully, submitted a list of questions, including accusations by PVH chairman John Towers that the Government helped kill Rover by giving suppliers the impression the company was close to collapse.
However, PVH did not present a detailed account of events leading to the closure of the Longbridge plant in Birmingham, last year.
Last night, Mr Luff said the committee had "postponed decisions" on the inquiry into Rover's management and the Government's efforts to help it survive.
However, an investigation into the work of the Rover Task Force, which helped sacked Longbridge staff find new jobs and training, will continue as planned.