Greg Clark, minister for business, energy and industrial strategy, takes questions from members of the House of Commons, from 13 September.
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Questions to the Secretary of State for business,
With your permission, I'll answer this together
Since I was appointed on the 14th of July, my colleagues and I
have met with businesses, investors, workers and local leaders in all
four home nations, as well as travelling to India and Japan.
Furthermore for the first time, each local enterprise area and each
the devolved administrations will have a specific minister
assigned to them in my department.
I thank the Secretary of State from his answer
and also welcome the whole team to the new department as well.
The aerospace industry is absolutely vital to the west of England
Not just for jobs, but also for growth as well.
Will be Secretary of State work with me
order to ensure that the entire aerospace industry receives the
Mr Speaker, I certainly will do that.
One of the biggest privileges of this job is to be reunited with
aerospace, and I got to know the sector when I
My first ministerial meeting, visit, was with breakfast with the
aerospace growth partnership at the Farnborough airshow, where I ran
The West of England was well represented
This is a very important sector for the economy, and will
I too would like to pass on my welcome to the new
I've had a number of correspondence from a few local
businesses, Rochester and Stroud, predominantly small,
partners over a long period of time but has recently seen supply chain
Could he outline his commitment to supporting our small
businesses in our new relationship with Europe, to ensure that local
and regional economies continue to grow?
What I will say, I know many small businesses in
Through the British Business Bank we have made over ?3 billion
available to smaller businesses.
She will know that from April next year, the small business
That will benefit 60,000 small businesses.
This is part of our continuing commitment to small
business, which is the motor of the bigger
businesses that generate so
many jobs together with small businesses in our economy.
My home constituency, long established,
beautiful seaside destination with big future ambitions including
for 2017, a new hot air balloon Festival.
I'm delighted to welcome the Eastbourne
Can the Minister tell me if he has had
discussions with the tourism industry around reducing the level
of VAT on tourism services to bring us into line with competitive
destinations in the European Union and give our industry the
competitive platform from which it can stimulate investment, create
jobs, deliver growth and take full advantages
of the opportunities in
My honourable friend is a big campaign in the
We have one of the highest VAT thresholds in the
European Union here in the UK so that many small businesses don't
Of course, I will continue my discussions with
The hot air balloon Festival sounds a very tempting excursion,
perhaps for many members in this house.
And I look forward to continuing these discussions of her
Does the Secretary of State agree that
British business people are fat and spend too much time on the golf
Mr Speaker, I am yet to meet a lady businessperson,
starting with my own father, who was up before dawn every
morning running his own small business.
reminding us that across the whole country, every business needs to
work hard as it does every day of the week, that is the secret
That is the way we will continue to prosper as a
In light of comments made last week by the Japanese
ambassador, the Secretary of State will be aware
that Nissan, based in
my constituency, contributes ?2.1 billion to the UK balance of trade.
And it exports 80% of all cars made at the plant in Sunderland.
What opportunities to PC for automotive
companies such as Nissan in a post-Brexit strategy and will he
commit to meeting Nissan as soon as possible?
I will not only make that commitment but tell her
that I have already done so and have met the Japanese ambassador.
The automotive sector and Nissan in particular
is a hugely important and
valued part, not only of the Honourable
Lady's constituency, but
I think it's very encouraging that the Japanese
ambassador on behalf of the government shares with us their
That is exactly the sort of relationship
that I hope and expect to have our partners around the world.
Will people be aware of the great anger
felt by Britain's wealth creators at the comments of his right
What conversations, not just to them, but to our reputation
abroad, what conversations has he had specifically with his right
honourable friend and with the Prime Minister
about limiting the damage?
My right honourable friend has been vigorous during the summer
in going around the world, promoting the case
for British business, as is
And members will have the support of everyone in this House if
they join the effort that we are making to promote the great
opportunities already in this country, and the further
Speaker, Secretary of State, can I ask you if
you agree that free trade is at the heart
And will you and your front bench colleagues be resisting any attempts
to impose any form of protectionism when we come to negotiating future
I'm not expressing any view, but I think I
know what the Honourable gentleman had in mind.
I think free trade courses through the veins of this
It is one of the reasons that we've been most successful.
I was surprised last week to hear a commitment to free trade described
I think it is one of our strengths, and he has an absolute
assurance that this will be very much at the four of our reputation
Can I welcome the Business Secretary to
Australia says it's going to take at least three years
after Brexit before a trade deal can be in place of the UK,
States, Japan and China have already expressed their views about the
prospects of foreign investment and trade with the UK.
Can he tell us what he is doing to get behind UK
businesses and deal with the concerns of our international
And can I say to him, that he could not do better
get behind business and stop insulting them.
I would be interested in the support of the
party opposite for promoting British business around the world, and he
will know from our previous work on local growers,
he'll always have a willing ear and assistance from me
Can I welcome the front bench team opposite that has been
I have to say, the Honourable gentleman who was my
shadow in my DC LG role has followed me here.
Perhaps not so much shadow as a stalker, but I regarded as
I think it is important. Relationships are important.
I think it's important you get to know our partners around the world.
I have done that and my colleagues have done that.
I visited our investors and manufacturers in Japan
and India, and I will continue to do so.
Cambridge is a net contributor to the Treasury.
20,000 businesses generating revenue of over ?30
We have had cross-party meetings with business leaders about
the implications of Brexit for our local colony.
What the Minister meet in my constituency to discuss these
It is one of the important features of
our industrial strategy is to have a clear recognition of the
contribution of the local leadership different places bring.
I have appointed the minister of state as the lead liaison
with Cambridge, but I would be very happy to visit myself in future.
I welcome the Secretary of State and his team
There are challenges, one of which is the
trade deficit increasing to ?2.3 billion.
A problem unlikely to be resolved by the withdrawal
from the single market.
Scotland voted to remain, Scotland wishes to remain
it wants unhindered access to the market,
or does he remain committed to the English Brexit.
Many members of the House were impressed by the Honourable member
's contribution to last weeks debate.
I will work very hard to
make sure our negotiating mandate reflects all parts of the United
It was a United Kingdom decision to come out of the European
Union, we will make the most of it together.
The Scottish Government analysis in terms of
European Union is that it could cost the Scottish economy at best ?1.7
billion a year, and at worst ?11.2 billion.
I made clear in my answer continued membership of the European
earlier that free trade is
In further discussions, not only with the devolved administrations
but with business investors around the world, we will make sure the
negotiating mandate we have is ambitious and will ensure the
brightest future for the whole United Kingdom.
With your permission, Mr Speaker, I will answer this question with
I said on the 28th of July the Government will consider
all the component parts of the Hinkley Point C proposed project
We will do just that, and the Prime Minister
said this week, a decision will be research next month.
On my recent summer surgery tour, a number of constituents raised
concerns about the cost to the taxpayer of the Hinkley Point C
Barclays estimated that even if EDF that delivers four years
late, and 25% over budget, it would still make a profit
on the deal, with the deficit being picked up
over the next 35 years by ordinary people.
Does the Minister think such a public subsidy provides value
for the taxpayer?
As I said in my answer, we are looking at all components of the
deal and will make a decision before the end of the month.
I do think it is a responsible act on the part of
the Government to consider our energy supplies for the future in
I know the Scottish Government has turned its face
We regard that as an important part of a diverse
energy mix that gives resilience to UK consumers.
Given that the Brexit vote has thrown the energy sector further
uncertainty, and given that we know that energy from renewable sources
Hinkley is completed, is it
not time for the UK to follow the Scottish
Government's example and
embrace cheaper, safer and more plans for alternatives to nuclear?
Winston Churchill said that in energy,
diversity and the rest is
I think those are wise words and we are wise
to have a range of energy sources, now and in the future.
I strongly support the Prime Minister's decision on this, given
that China insists on trying to hack not
only state agencies as well as
our commercial companies, putting two fingers up to the arbitration
Court in the Hague, these are people through with which we should sup
with a long spoon, and I commend the paper written
by the intelligence committee under Sir Malcolm Rifkind
made is to look at all components of the proposed deal and to make our
We will report to the House when we have
done that and reports on a decision at that point.
The Government is very wise to take a deep breath before committing
itself to the massive cost of Hinkley.
Evidence is mounting all
In particular, fusion rather than vision,
I do commend the Government for considering this decision very
I am grateful to my right honourable friend.
I think it is important for such an important decision to make
sure a new Government looks at all the components.
Looking to the future for energy supply, I think it
is important and we benefit from the full range of technologies,
including some of the ones he mentioned.
This came in on question one, I haven't forgotten it, even if he
There is a company based in my constituency that is the preferred
supplier for reinforced steel to build Hinkley Point C.
Would the Secretary of State please update the House
The honourable lady is right that we,
across all different forms of
energy generation, need to upgrade our capacity
Doing that will have important advantages for other companies,
including steel suppliers, right across the United Kingdom.
In terms of a decision on Hinkley, we will
Can my right honourable friend confirm that,
proposed nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C,
The decision is on the particular contract difference at Hinkley Point
C, that is what we are reviewing and we will take that decision
I'd like to welcome the front bench to their new positions,
along with my stalker friend.
After putting 25,000 highly skilled jobs at risk, after
jeopardising 500 much-needed stem apprenticeships,
after offending the
Chinese Government and risking billions
the UK economy, after sending shock waves to the investment community
who think the PM now doesn't understand the meaning
investment possession, does the Secretary of State agree
with those in the industry who think that the
Prime Minister's courses approach now looks like dithering?
I prefer the Prime Minister's cautious approach to the approach of
the honourable gentleman, which is completely
inconsistent, as far as I
He criticises the Government for reviewing this
important decision, but says at the same time we should take
three months to seriously review the
There is a contradiction in his position.
But it doesn't surprise me, because it is the
complete absence of an energy policy during the 13 years of the previous
Labour governments, that we knew nuclear power stations
were going to come to the end of their life,
this Government is making decisions in a proper,
the lost time under the Labour years.
I am delighted the Prime Minister has asked me to leap the historic
task of leading a proper industrial strategy for this country.
We have a once in a generation chance to
embrace the new opportunities of our global role and upgrade our economy
We will work with industry, local leaders,
innovators, employees and consumers to create conditions for future
May I also take the opportunity to congratulate the entire front bench
The words industrial strategy often conjure up
images of manufacturing and heavy industry.
Can the Secretary of State confirm that...
The service industry will be covered with comprehensive strategies?
It seems to me that in projecting forward how
we are going to earn a
living as a nation, we look to our strengths.
It is correct that the
service sector is one of our greatest assets.
We must create the conditions for that prosper in the
Then I also welcome the secretary of state
ambitious, interesting and challenging brief.
I wish him and his team all the best.
Can the secretary of state state precisely exactly how
this new industrial strategy marks a change
in Government approach to
collaborate with business and intervention in the economy, or is
it just a name change to the old approach?
I would welcome the involvement of the new
Select Committee, which I think will be
important, and making sure we
capture everything we need to make a success of this.
I don't think it is brand-new in that we build on
We talked with the Honourable gentleman's colleague on
We know that has been a strong source
The environment we created with firms in the sector,
capacities and scientific institutions has been crucial to
We will build on the strong foundations and expressed very
As the Government formulates its industrial strategy, and urge my
right honourable friend to look at the small business American
I'm grateful to my honourable friend who is very well informed
to translate research success into small business success.
I'm sure we can talk further about it.
I welcome the new team, but I'm sure even the secretary
this isn't going to be a full English Brexit, it's going to be a
Thank you much, I'm going to be here all week.
On a industrial strategy, one of the problems we face
is that many parts of the
Areas have one industry like tourism, iron
Will he make sure that we take this opportunity to invest in those areas
to increase productivity in those forgotten areas?
The right honourable gentleman is good at the
one-liners, and the creative industries are a great source of
I would say, if you look around the world at some
particular, they have developed in a way that they have resilience
industry. where the was the single, dominant
That is precisely why we want to work with local leaders
sure we strengthen the resilience of our regional centres.
I welcome the Minister for consumer affairs,
As part of my strategy, I hope my right honourable friend will
recognise the importance of science and innovation.
In my constituency, we are a microcosm in the future of
Britain, linking science with high tech, and I hope that it
will feature strongly in his strategy.
The strength of science, not least in Oxfordshire,
It will absolutely be in the heart of
Secretary of State, how will he ensure that future
industrial strategy is mindful of Northern Ireland's particular
reliance on EU support and access to the common market?
As I said earlier, we will make sure that we
work with our colleagues across the United Kingdom.
I had a productive meeting with Simon Hamilton during
the summer to make sure that we coordinate our efforts
with those of policymakers in Northern Ireland.
It needs to be joined up, it will be,
and we will make sure that our negotiating mandate
reflects contributions from across the UK.
Mr Speaker, I join others in welcoming
The country is very badly unbalanced at the moment,
we will support any realistic thoroughgoing industrial strategy
We know how the strategy's gone over the summer.
Sports Direct paying less than minimum wage.
Meanwhile, the companies are being called fat and lazy.
There is still no clear and unambiguous progress on
It has been over two years since the consultation
When will he make clear that the pensions of tens
of thousands of loyal, hard-working steelworkers
When it comes to the steel industry, it is
very important industry in our country.
I grew up in Teesside, where it was particularly prominent.
I've had some very productive discussions during the summer,
including visiting South Wales, to make sure that the government can
give the right support to a sustainable future for the steel
They have been very constructive discussions and I'm
very happy to make sure that he is aware of them.
Solar deployment has been a real UK success story, with almost 11
Of course, it is appropriate to allow now for a period of stability
following the changes made to protect consumer bills.
The Secretary of State continues to keep
the performance of the scheme under review.
The PricewaterhouseCoopers report in July showed almost 60% of
companies are looking to diversify away from
solar, and nearly four in
ten considering leaving the solar market entirely as a result of your
What steps will the Minister take to avoid business
confidence in this important sector dropping further?
There is remarkably little sign that
confidence is dropping in the sector.
There is recognition that
those changes had to be made, and the sector has responded
remarkably resiliently to the changes made.
Let us not forget that they have also been spreading expertise in
I welcome the team to their new roles.
Kingspan, a significant employer in my constituency
contacted me regarding concerns about the re-evaluations of business
The result is a six to eight fold increase in
Would my friend agreed to meet with representatives from the
company to see how these effects can be mitigated?
I know the company well, it has substantial operation in
Of course, it is right to acknowledge that valuations
in this area are made by the independent evaluation office.
The department liaising with the
industry and the office on this issue, but I certainly would be
delighted to meet with the company and him to discuss it.
Has the Minister done any analysis of the
relationship of payback periods for commercial and rooftop solar,
particularly school solar, in relation to that proposed hike in
Does he intend to change tariffs if the valuation comes into
I simply repeat that the matter is under review.
We haven't seen what the agency proposes, and
we will look at it closely when we see what they have done.
The Minister talks about stability, by
which he is referring to a 93% drop in solar installations this year.
After a 64% cut in subsidy to solar, an eight fold hike in the proposed
business rates, it would appear that the next attack on solar
Can the Minister confirm whether it is by
incompetence or by calculation that changes to charges put forward by
the regulator to end the unfair advantage to highly polluting diesel
generators, will in fact negatively impact on small-scale renewables
I think it is widely understood, Mr Speaker, that the
sector needed some changes to the feed in tariffs,
because the effect of them was to hit consumers very
Let's not forget that 99% of all solar panels
installed have been installed over the last six years.
With permission, Mr Speaker, I will answer six with
This government supports innovation, soon to be part of UK
It has invested over ?1.8 billion in innovation since 2007.
Innovators connecting businesses to local
growth through its regional managers.
There is also support through ?200 million of local growth
As Chairman of the Space Committee, the space industry has
outgrown the economy by 10% or through the austerity years.
The space industry is worried about the
issues caused by Brexit even though it is outside
the European Union.
Which he give us your reassurance that the industry will
We recognise the value of space to our economy
and are working closely with industry to understand their
Also working closely across government to understand the
impact of the referendum and all the opportunities associated
with it, and will continue to do this as we
shape our future relationship with European Union.
The success of our agricultural industry is dependent on the latest
innovations in agricultural science and technology driven forward by
world leading research centres like the one
What assurances can the Minister give
that agri- food research will continue to play an important role
in the government's overall strategy for supporting innovation
and ultimately delivering food security?
This government is investing ?160 million in agri- tech, including
incentives for agricultural innovation to ensure that our world
leading science is improving productivity and farms.
In addition, a UK wide food innovation
network which is to be launched very shortly,
will give businesses greater access to technology and
Will the Minister ensure that the devolved legislatures right
across the United Kingdom, the relevant ministers there, are
brought together to ensure the best practice in innovation right across
the United Kingdom is not just replicated
but brought forward in
each of the relevant sections across the UK?
Mr Speaker, we are working closely with the devolved
administrations as we put through the creation of UK research and
Excellent science and innovation will be supported through
this new body, and we look forward to continuing
science and innovation wherever it is found in the United Kingdom.
Innovation is key to our regional economies,
helping to create high skilled, well-paid jobs.
Innovation needs investment and research and
development, and small businesses to make a success of new ideas.
European funding has helped grow our regional
innovation infrastructure, the Northeast alone receives ?130
million in research funding from now until 2020.
While 72% of EU funding to UK businesses goes to small and
Will the minister commit to matching the
funding for innovation which currently comes from the European
Mr Speaker, we have been monitoring the impact, or any
impact, on our research institutions and businesses since the referendum.
The announcement on August the 13th by HM Treasury that it will
underwrite for the life of the project or competitively bid
funding that is applied for before departure.
That shows our determination to take action were ever necessary.
Consumer product safety is a government priority.
We have an effective system of product recall and have
established a steering group to
consider recommendations in
We will engage with the London Fire Brigade
on their campaign as part of
You'll be aware of the fire in Shepherd's Bush tower block last
month caused by a defective tumble drier.
The woman could do nothing to
stop the fire destroying her home and 25 others.
Does the Minister agree that such drivers can continue
to be used if not unattended is irresponsible and dangerous, and
I was shocked to hear about the serious fire in the
Honourable member's constituency and understand
his concerns about the
The advice being provided by the Whirlpool is
based on a full risk assessment of the products that has been agreed
with Peterborough City Council trading standards, who are the lead
enforcement of authority for Whirpool.
Trading standards will continue to monitor the situation
and do have powers to order further action if they consider
Two tumble dryer fires each day in this country,
almost 2500 since the start of 2012.
Will the Minister ensure there are fireproof
labels on all tumble dryers with make, model, serial number,
so that when fires do occur they can be
I thank my honourable friend for his question.
Although there have been the serious fires, they do actually
represents less than 0.2% of the total numbers
So we have to keep these things in perspective.
The Linfolds Woods review that provides an overview of the current
And the independent recall review group,
comprised of industry safety experts and the chief fire officers
Association, will complete the work on these recommendations.
As a department, where absolutely committed to ensuring
only safe products are placed on the market,
Given the risks associated with misuse of
these pens, we are reviewing what more we can do to protect
Last year, there was over 1300 incidents where certain laser
pens were used to target aircraft and infrastructure.
Will he support the bill to regulate the sale of
these pens, supported by the British airline
Can I congratulate my friend for his persistence and passion
this very important issue, because there are significant
I assure him that the government is taking very seriously
and there is a cross Whitehall group looking urgently now at our options,
including the case for further legislation.
I am happy in that context to meet him.
Would the Minister help the leading manufacturer of laser pens in my
constituency, was a great supporter of the northern Powerhouse, and will
be attending Thursday's big conference in Yorkshire.
On innovation and creativity in Yorkshire.
What he wants to know is
why Lord O'Neill was suddenly pulled as a speaker,
no substitute offered, and we hear that the government will
not have anything to do with elected mayors or northern powerhouse.
Can we talk about laser pens, rather than the
I refute any suggestion we have lost commitment to the northern
powerhouse. He is a well-known exponent of the shoehorning
technique. Whatever he wants to raise, he shoehorns in to a
question, somehow. Let me take this
opportunity to refute absolutely any suggestion
that the government has lost any commitment to the northern
powerhouse in terms I welcome the question
from a colleague I have enjoyed watching at work,
his incisive questioning of a He is now directing
that questioning to me, The department has
received a copy of the PwC great success story
over the past years. The goal now is to try
and move the industry towards the
capacity to deliver without subsidy. I thank the Minister for his
generous comments, and also for chairing my Select Committee,
I wish him well in the new role. PwC suggests a third
of solar jobs have been lost in the last year,
and many more companies expect to lose
staff in the next 12 months. It has been suggested
that rate changes Will the Government
taken in to account these measures and do something
positive for the industry? I share the concerns
about job losses as a result of changes
in the I made some points about the way
the industry has changed, and your report picked out
the resilience of the industry and its capacity to respond
to change, It's noticeable that
of many schemes are already viable without subsidy
in certain circumstances. The key now is to move
further towards that. We will look very closely
towards the issues raised on valuation
highlighted today. With your permission,
I will answer this question The Government has made it clear
we are open for business and
determined to make EU, including seizing
the opportunity to negotiate our
own trade agreements. I believe leaving the EU offers
great opportunity for British My constituency has
a business which works It is very complex
and has a registration He is concerned his
business will be hampered. Will my honourable friend be
vigilant of issues like this, to
make sure that we are able We want to make sure
the new relationship with the EU works for British businesses,
and his constituents raises
an important issue. We need to have clarity
I'm sure we can arrange a meeting to discuss it.
Does the Minister welcome the figures that predict our exports
will go up after the referendum results?
And will he confirm businesses who he has spoken to that
are positive about our potential future?
I voted remain and believe that we should
talk up our prospects are
The chairman I have spoken to have expressed some
desire for more certainty but we are fundamentally optimistic
There is a British jurisdiction that is entirely accessed by road, air
and by sea through another European Union member
state, and that is the
British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar.
They are absolutely of the opinion they need to retain
access to the single European market.
What discussions has he had with Gibraltarian counterparts
to ensure that happens?
We are engaged with a series of discussions with stakeholders and
Will the Minister or his team meet with the leader of the official
opposition in Northern Ireland, where we have an excellent document
on the vision of the future of Northern Ireland after Brexit?
The short answer is yes, we are very keen to
ideas on how we meet this fundamental and exciting challenge
of how we transition to a post-Brexit world that works for
The Department of business energy and industrial strategy was formed
on the 14th of July, and it is my privilege to serve
We are creating a new focus on industrial strategy.
This is a powerful department, out of the task of promoting
a competitor, low carbon economy.
And an economy that works for everyone.
As part of an excellent team of ministers and officials, I will
continue to work both locally and globally
The Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, along the Cardiff Bay,
new port and Bridgwater Bay has the potential to create huge
Second largest rise and fall in the world's tides.
When are we going to get a result, we need
long-term funding for a project which will reach 8% of our energy?
My understanding is that the feasibility study is being
I haven't received its final conclusions yet.
At that point, I will look with the same
The European Commission says that Apple should
taxes for revenues created across the EU, including the UK.
Most businesses pay their fair share of
taxes and expects all other businesses, large or small, to do
Can the Secretary of State confirm he is doing everything he
can to make sure the very biggest companies pay up, and also that we
receive our share of the ?13 billion Apple tax pie?
The responsibilities that come with being in business in this
country and paying taxes that contribute to
public services that we enjoy as part of that.
He does have my assurance that we will make
sure that we pursue the
correct tax by all companies that locate here.
On Thursday I'll be chairing a panel at the enterprise innovation and
In developing an industrial strategy,
does the Minister agree with me that we need
to do to win more hearts and minds in the North.
More examples of regional procurement and more
jobs in the North, particularly with HS2 perhaps
The passion with which my honourable friend
opportunities that are in our industrial strategy to make sure
that growth is across the United Kingdom,
He will know I have taken great interest in this and my previous
roles, he can be assured that interest will not be diminishing.
The current review of network charging for small embedded
generators will mean huge increases in the costs of these small
Is the department just determined to make energy generation
What we have to do is strike a balance between looking to drive
down the costs of all sources of low carbon generation,
the best value for consumers and taxpayers.
That includes reviews of
Can the Minister ensure that breaks and financial services, and tourism
sectors, as we approach European negotiations?
I can assure the honourable member that we plan to put at the heart of
industrial strategy science and innovation,
financial services as
part of the services sector will also play an important
Last week, the Government committed to ratifying the Paris climate
Will it commit to doing so for the next conference
in Morocco so the Government can play a full role in that summit?
We helped shape the Paris agreement, we said
we will ratify as soon as
Britain is undoubtedly a world leader in scientific research.
Will my right honourable friend detail
what role science will pay to the the Government's
It will position the UK as a leader for the 21st-century.
The UK bio economy is worth billions, 36%...
The potential is there to grow, and will continue
The Secretary of State is a thoughtful man who, I believe, is
Will he assured me I'm right in this understanding by cancelling his
predecessor's decision to centralise department functions in London.
Thereby maintaining and building upon its presence in Sheffield?
I would say that I am certainly very attached to the work done in
Sheffield, and the valued colleagues we have up there.
The decision has made some time ago, and many changes
As we sort out the responsibilities of different parts
of the departments, I'll look carefully at what Sheffield can
What can be done to make sure community energy schemes are viable?
As explained previously, the Government
is very committed to the
deployment of renewable energy, and has had
The expansion of Heathrow would create demand for 370,000 tonnes of
So it is not only in the interest of the UK economy generally that we
expand Heathrow, but specifically in the interest of the manufacturing
So why don't we just get on with it, have the vote
chamber, and get on with building the third runway?
Across many different forms of infrastructure,
we do need an upgrade in the infrastructure we have.
That'll have many important benefit to the steel
It's hugely encouraging the Government is developing this
industrial strategy, which I believe for great boost
and confidence to our steel industry.
Can the Minister update a House what discussions he has had
I have had extensive discussions with these steel industry.
It is important we should have a is a
stable future for what is an important factor in our economy.
A huge shipping company has gone into receivership,
The inability to dock has impacted on UK retail,
critically juddering Christmas trading...
What action is he taking to assist traders and our seafarers?
In terms of immediate impact, the Local
Enterprise Partnership are engaged with making sure the delays are
Many will commend the Minister for putting science at the centre
a strategy, but I wonder if as he plans for the future
sciences industry if he will work with the Minister of health, because
the health service will be critical to the growth of that industry?
I was interested to read my honourable friend's article earlier
In some point in the Government takes a
collective approach on this, I've already
Health Secretary on how we can make the most of the NHS
Will the Government look again at the unjust 50% Government
claw back from the mine workerss' pension service?
I will certainly take that away and I'm happy to meet with the
honourable leader issued like to inform you more about this outside
Does the Department intend to develop a single industrial
for the whole country, or have different strategies different parts
My honourable friend makes a good point.
It seems to me essential that of course we should
have a strategy for the whole country, but place is incredibly
The challenges of the places like greater Manchester are
We should reflect the different strengths and opportunities more
clearly in how we do business as a government.
Does the Minister accept that changes to subsidy for the CHP
biomass plans have been brought in to quickly and longer grace
period before an implementation should have
In my constituency, a company doing what the government
want by investing in renewable technology but stand to lose 3
Will he meet with me to discuss these changes?
All kindness and charity to the honourable gentleman that he was at
his best at the end of the first sentence.
A blue pencil should therefore after have been applied.
As a former treasurer of the SNP, he knows a bit
about the challenges as
He knows in the context of these changes, are
overriding aim is to provide better value for the tax payer.
They will apply to new participants with they
Those who fully qualified on or after the
1st of August will be subject to the change.
If it is a specific issue you wish to raise with me I'll
Brexit provides the UK with an opportunity
to be the global leader in energy technology.
Offshore wind, energy storage and carbon capture.
Can the Minister confirm that the government
will reset energy policy so that the country can
take full advantage of
My honourable friend is absolutely right.
One of the historic strengths of the United Kingdom is in areas
such as marine engineering and power engineering,
which is at the heart of the opportunities around the
world as many countries look to develop their capacity in renewable
This is a big opportunity, especially for his constituency.
Can the Secretary of State guarantee that all employment protection
currently enjoyed by British workers will be
maintained post Brexit and
does he back my bill to do just that?
We will certainly look carefully at the Honourable Lady's
Employment protections are an absolute priority for this
The financial viability of many low-carbon on-site heat and
power technologies is under threat due to the reduction in the tarrif.
Would his department consider having a separate tariff rate for the new
technologies rather than being treated the same as other
The government is reviewing how the renewable heat incentive
works and is being forced to make some changes
to tariffs in order to
provide better value for the tax payer.
I'm more than happy to sit down and talk with him about his
Welcome Secretary of State to his place as I do my
A new report from a professor of Aberdeen University has
found the re-engineering of the fiscal regime may be necessary
before we reach the North Sea's potential.
What further support will
the government bring forward for the oil and gas sector
Very productive set of discussions in Aberdeen during the
summer with representatives of the oil and gas sector.
The industry centred in Aberdeen but involving
other places in the country is very important.
We have made big changes for the fiscal regime but we'll
He earlier described himself as being on a historic task
writing industrial strategy.
If he studies strategy, it is written primarily by
civil servants and ministers tend to fail.
engage businesses in Lancashire to make sure we have a successful
I'm grateful for my honourable friend's point.
It is the case that an industrial strategy for
the country should not be instructions from ministers or civil
servants to businesses and the rest of the country.
We are engaging with businesses all across the country
and in every different sector to make sure
Does the Secretary of State believe it is conceivable this
country can negotiate full membership of the single market
without accepting free movement?
Mr Speaker, the Honourable gentleman entices me
into making early decisions on what our negotiating
I think it is the sensible step to be
careful and to put together our negotiating
brief and to do that in
consultation with businesses and every part of the country.
Speaker, I welcome the government's and
genuine commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.
Will the secretary of state meet with me and other leaders
I'm always keen to meet the Honourable gentleman,
despite the fact that I've moved from one department to another.
I hope the invitation to fish and chips still stands!
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Greg Clark, minister for business, energy and industrial strategy, takes questions from members of the House of Commons, from 13 September.