It has been reported that Ford UK will today be questioned over the company's plans for its plant at Dagenham, east London, UK.

Members of the Greater London Authority have summoned Ian McAllister, chairman of Ford of Britain, under its powers to investigate issues of London-wide significance. The GLA has also summoned John Crew, Ford's UK director of manufacturing.

Ford announced last month it was ending car production at the plant to concentrate on engine building work. The move is expected to lead to an estimated 1,900 job losses. The US car giant has said production will be wound down from early 2002 but has promised $500m (£330m) of investment to create 500 new jobs. On Friday more than 1,000 workers spent their last day at the factory after accepting redundancy.

The UK Government has already announced a 10-point regeneration plan to help soften the impact of closure on the local economy.

The package includes job shops at Dagenham, loans for small business schemes and a joint scheme between the Employment Service and Ford.