Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: May I welcome the hon. Lady to her first BEIS oral questions? I see her predecessor behind her. She is, I think, my third opposite number in the eight months that I have had this job. The first was appointed in the summer, the second in the autumn, and she was appointed in the winter. I noticed this week that the birds were singing and the sun was out, so I hope that is not bad news for the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: I assure the hon. Gentleman that that is not the case. I have regular discussions with the Federation of Small Businesses, the British Chambers of Commerce and smaller businesses right across the country. The supply chain, and making our country more attractive to supply chain businesses, are absolutely foundational to our industrial success, and that involves a particular regard for small...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Space Sector (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: North Swindon has a stellar Member of Parliament, too. The space sector is one of our most important industries, and the Spaceflight Bill, in particular, will move us forwards and enable us to be in the business not only of manufacturing satellites but of launching them, which will give us further industrial opportunities from which not only Swindon but the whole UK can benefit.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Space Sector (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: The UK’s space sector is world leading. A quarter of the world’s telecommunication satellites are either built here or are built with key UK components. Our recently announced draft Spaceflight Bill will enable UK businesses to enter a global market worth an expected £25 billion over the next 20 years. Our industrial strategy will ensure that we build on that and continue to...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Space Sector (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. One of the reasons why the space and satellite sector has been so successful is the collaboration between the firms, the Government and the research institutions, which is the way forward. The Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, my hon. Friend the Member for Hereford and South Herefordshire (Jesse Norman), will visit...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: Yes. I would expect all competitive areas to make a bid for these places. The University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridgeshire, and other institutions more broadly across the country, will be in a good position to benefit from that.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Space Sector (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: I am glad that my hon. Friend is not questioning me on inertia ratios and matrices. The capacity is there, but it requires planning ahead. That is why the industrial strategy mentions the need to invest in science and research and development—it is important that we do that—and the need to look forward to make sure that we have the skills in the workforce to fulfil the order...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: In my hon. Friend’s area, as in every area of the country, the opportunities for the supply chain to be attracted to and to locate in this country—to supply the major manufacturers and service providers, but also to export around the world—is one of the key themes emerging from the sector deals that are being negotiated.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy: West Midlands (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: Last week, we published the midlands engine strategy. It is further demonstration that this Government are committed to investing in the midlands, a region that has seen over 180,000 more people in employment since 2010.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: We have had great success over the years in developing key sectors, including aerospace and the automotive sector. To build on this, we have set out proposals for new business-led sector deals in the industrial strategy. The first set of deals is already under development. We are taking steps to drive growth in sectors across the economy, including with funding for science, infrastructure and...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy: West Midlands (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: I will indeed. My hon. Friend’s constituency, which includes Coalbrookdale, has a good claim to be the cradle of the first industrial revolution—[Interruption.] It is perhaps a disputed claim, but I think Abraham Darby, in 1709, was fairly early. However, now, Telford is at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution, as my hon. Friend says. The T54 site is proving to be a very...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: The hon. Lady makes a very good point. If we are to take advantage of the opportunities that exist, we need to upgrade our technical education. That is why in last week’s Budget the Chancellor made such a clear commitment, prominent in the industrial strategy, to transform the level of technical education, including to increase by 50% the hours of tuition that are available....

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy: West Midlands (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: I agree with my hon. Friend—he is absolutely right. The reputation of the black country is very strong. There is the phrase “Made in the Black Country, Sold around the World”, but to fulfil that we need good skills. Andy Street, being a person of great business experience, is the best person available to bring that business acumen to bringing more businesses to the whole of...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. This is an important sector, as has been evident from our discussions this morning. That reflects the track record of working together that will continue and be reinforced. I think that all Members across the House will have been as delighted as I was that Boeing made its commitment to its first ever UK plant in Sheffield, showing how attractive we are to...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy: West Midlands (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: The hon. Gentleman, who is an assiduous reader of these things, will see that, in the industrial strategy, we propose a commitment to upgrade infrastructure right across the country. I hope he will respond to that so that when we have the Budget later in the year, we will be in a position to make further such announcements.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: I say gently to the hon. Lady that she will have to do a bit better than that. I have the Budget here. She says that it does not mention the industrial strategy. I can tell her that it is mentioned in the first paragraph on the first page, and throughout. Given her interest in this, she ought to read the Budget.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy: West Midlands (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: The self-employed have an important role to play. One trend that colleagues on both sides of the House will know of is that the development of supply chains is one of the key sources of innovation in many industries. Within that, start-up businesses, including those run by the self-employed, can make a big contribution to making us attractive for jobs and new businesses.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Supply Market: Competition (14 Mar 2017)
Greg Clark: I will respond shortly to the Competition and Markets Authority report, and I will take steps to increase competition and help consumers.


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