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Questions to the Secretary of State for business,

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With your permission, I'll answer this together

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Since I was appointed on the 14th of July, my colleagues and I

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have met with businesses, investors, workers and local leaders in all

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four home nations, as well as travelling to India and Japan.

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Furthermore for the first time, each local enterprise area and each

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the devolved administrations will have a specific minister

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assigned to them in my department.

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I thank the Secretary of State from his answer

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and also welcome the whole team to the new department as well.

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The aerospace industry is absolutely vital to the west of England

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Not just for jobs, but also for growth as well.

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Will be Secretary of State work with me

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order to ensure that the entire aerospace industry receives the

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Mr Speaker, I certainly will do that.

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One of the biggest privileges of this job is to be reunited with

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aerospace, and I got to know the sector when I

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My first ministerial meeting, visit, was with breakfast with the

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aerospace growth partnership at the Farnborough airshow, where I ran

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The West of England was well represented

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This is a very important sector for the economy, and will

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I too would like to pass on my welcome to the new

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I've had a number of correspondence from a few local

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businesses, Rochester and Stroud, predominantly small,

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partners over a long period of time but has recently seen supply chain

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Could he outline his commitment to supporting our small

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businesses in our new relationship with Europe, to ensure that local

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and regional economies continue to grow?

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What I will say, I know many small businesses in

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Through the British Business Bank we have made over ?3 billion

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available to smaller businesses.

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She will know that from April next year, the small business

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That will benefit 60,000 small businesses.

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This is part of our continuing commitment to small

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business, which is the motor of the bigger

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businesses that generate so

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many jobs together with small businesses in our economy.

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My home constituency, long established,

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beautiful seaside destination with big future ambitions including

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for 2017, a new hot air balloon Festival.

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I'm delighted to welcome the Eastbourne

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Can the Minister tell me if he has had

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discussions with the tourism industry around reducing the level

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of VAT on tourism services to bring us into line with competitive

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destinations in the European Union and give our industry the

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competitive platform from which it can stimulate investment, create

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jobs, deliver growth and take full advantages

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of the opportunities in

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My honourable friend is a big campaign in the

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We have one of the highest VAT thresholds in the

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European Union here in the UK so that many small businesses don't

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Of course, I will continue my discussions with

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The hot air balloon Festival sounds a very tempting excursion,

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perhaps for many members in this house.

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And I look forward to continuing these discussions of her

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Does the Secretary of State agree that

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British business people are fat and spend too much time on the golf

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Mr Speaker, I am yet to meet a lady businessperson,

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starting with my own father, who was up before dawn every

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morning running his own small business.

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reminding us that across the whole country, every business needs to

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work hard as it does every day of the week, that is the secret

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That is the way we will continue to prosper as a

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In light of comments made last week by the Japanese

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ambassador, the Secretary of State will be aware

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that Nissan, based in

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my constituency, contributes ?2.1 billion to the UK balance of trade.

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And it exports 80% of all cars made at the plant in Sunderland.

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What opportunities to PC for automotive

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companies such as Nissan in a post-Brexit strategy and will he

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commit to meeting Nissan as soon as possible?

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I will not only make that commitment but tell her

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that I have already done so and have met the Japanese ambassador.

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The automotive sector and Nissan in particular

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is a hugely important and

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valued part, not only of the Honourable

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Lady's constituency, but

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I think it's very encouraging that the Japanese

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ambassador on behalf of the government shares with us their

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That is exactly the sort of relationship

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that I hope and expect to have our partners around the world.

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Will people be aware of the great anger

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felt by Britain's wealth creators at the comments of his right

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What conversations, not just to them, but to our reputation

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abroad, what conversations has he had specifically with his right

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honourable friend and with the Prime Minister

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about limiting the damage?

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My right honourable friend has been vigorous during the summer

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in going around the world, promoting the case

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for British business, as is

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And members will have the support of everyone in this House if

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they join the effort that we are making to promote the great

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opportunities already in this country, and the further

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Speaker, Secretary of State, can I ask you if

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you agree that free trade is at the heart

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And will you and your front bench colleagues be resisting any attempts

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to impose any form of protectionism when we come to negotiating future

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I'm not expressing any view, but I think I

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know what the Honourable gentleman had in mind.

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I think free trade courses through the veins of this

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It is one of the reasons that we've been most successful.

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I was surprised last week to hear a commitment to free trade described

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I think it is one of our strengths, and he has an absolute

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assurance that this will be very much at the four of our reputation

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Can I welcome the Business Secretary to

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Australia says it's going to take at least three years

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after Brexit before a trade deal can be in place of the UK,

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States, Japan and China have already expressed their views about the

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prospects of foreign investment and trade with the UK.

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Can he tell us what he is doing to get behind UK

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businesses and deal with the concerns of our international

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And can I say to him, that he could not do better

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get behind business and stop insulting them.

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I would be interested in the support of the

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party opposite for promoting British business around the world, and he

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will know from our previous work on local growers,

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he'll always have a willing ear and assistance from me

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Can I welcome the front bench team opposite that has been

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I have to say, the Honourable gentleman who was my

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shadow in my DC LG role has followed me here.

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Perhaps not so much shadow as a stalker, but I regarded as

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I think it is important. Relationships are important.

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I think it's important you get to know our partners around the world.

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I have done that and my colleagues have done that.

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I visited our investors and manufacturers in Japan

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and India, and I will continue to do so.

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Cambridge is a net contributor to the Treasury.

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20,000 businesses generating revenue of over ?30

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We have had cross-party meetings with business leaders about

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the implications of Brexit for our local colony.

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What the Minister meet in my constituency to discuss these

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It is one of the important features of

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our industrial strategy is to have a clear recognition of the

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contribution of the local leadership different places bring.

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I have appointed the minister of state as the lead liaison

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with Cambridge, but I would be very happy to visit myself in future.

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I welcome the Secretary of State and his team

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There are challenges, one of which is the

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trade deficit increasing to ?2.3 billion.

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A problem unlikely to be resolved by the withdrawal

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from the single market.

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Scotland voted to remain, Scotland wishes to remain

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it wants unhindered access to the market,

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or does he remain committed to the English Brexit.

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Many members of the House were impressed by the Honourable member

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's contribution to last weeks debate.

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I will work very hard to

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make sure our negotiating mandate reflects all parts of the United

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It was a United Kingdom decision to come out of the European

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Union, we will make the most of it together.

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The Scottish Government analysis in terms of

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European Union is that it could cost the Scottish economy at best ?1.7

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billion a year, and at worst ?11.2 billion.

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I made clear in my answer continued membership of the European

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earlier that free trade is

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In further discussions, not only with the devolved administrations

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but with business investors around the world, we will make sure the

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negotiating mandate we have is ambitious and will ensure the

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brightest future for the whole United Kingdom.

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With your permission, Mr Speaker, I will answer this question with

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I said on the 28th of July the Government will consider

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all the component parts of the Hinkley Point C proposed project

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We will do just that, and the Prime Minister

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said this week, a decision will be research next month.

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On my recent summer surgery tour, a number of constituents raised

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concerns about the cost to the taxpayer of the Hinkley Point C

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Barclays estimated that even if EDF that delivers four years

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late, and 25% over budget, it would still make a profit

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on the deal, with the deficit being picked up

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over the next 35 years by ordinary people.

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Does the Minister think such a public subsidy provides value

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for the taxpayer?

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As I said in my answer, we are looking at all components of the

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deal and will make a decision before the end of the month.

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I do think it is a responsible act on the part of

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the Government to consider our energy supplies for the future in

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I know the Scottish Government has turned its face

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We regard that as an important part of a diverse

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energy mix that gives resilience to UK consumers.

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Given that the Brexit vote has thrown the energy sector further

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uncertainty, and given that we know that energy from renewable sources

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Hinkley is completed, is it

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not time for the UK to follow the Scottish

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Government's example and

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embrace cheaper, safer and more plans for alternatives to nuclear?

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Winston Churchill said that in energy,

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diversity and the rest is

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I think those are wise words and we are wise

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to have a range of energy sources, now and in the future.

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I strongly support the Prime Minister's decision on this, given

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that China insists on trying to hack not

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only state agencies as well as

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our commercial companies, putting two fingers up to the arbitration

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Court in the Hague, these are people through with which we should sup

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with a long spoon, and I commend the paper written

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by the intelligence committee under Sir Malcolm Rifkind

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made is to look at all components of the proposed deal and to make our

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We will report to the House when we have

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done that and reports on a decision at that point.

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The Government is very wise to take a deep breath before committing

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itself to the massive cost of Hinkley.

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Evidence is mounting all

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In particular, fusion rather than vision,

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I do commend the Government for considering this decision very

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I am grateful to my right honourable friend.

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I think it is important for such an important decision to make

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sure a new Government looks at all the components.

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Looking to the future for energy supply, I think it

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is important and we benefit from the full range of technologies,

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including some of the ones he mentioned.

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This came in on question one, I haven't forgotten it, even if he

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There is a company based in my constituency that is the preferred

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supplier for reinforced steel to build Hinkley Point C.

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Would the Secretary of State please update the House

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The honourable lady is right that we,

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across all different forms of

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energy generation, need to upgrade our capacity

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Doing that will have important advantages for other companies,

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including steel suppliers, right across the United Kingdom.

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In terms of a decision on Hinkley, we will

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Can my right honourable friend confirm that,

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proposed nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C,

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The decision is on the particular contract difference at Hinkley Point

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C, that is what we are reviewing and we will take that decision

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I'd like to welcome the front bench to their new positions,

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along with my stalker friend.

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After putting 25,000 highly skilled jobs at risk, after

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jeopardising 500 much-needed stem apprenticeships,

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after offending the

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Chinese Government and risking billions

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the UK economy, after sending shock waves to the investment community

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who think the PM now doesn't understand the meaning

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investment possession, does the Secretary of State agree

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with those in the industry who think that the

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Prime Minister's courses approach now looks like dithering?

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I prefer the Prime Minister's cautious approach to the approach of

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the honourable gentleman, which is completely

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inconsistent, as far as I

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He criticises the Government for reviewing this

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important decision, but says at the same time we should take

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three months to seriously review the

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There is a contradiction in his position.

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But it doesn't surprise me, because it is the

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complete absence of an energy policy during the 13 years of the previous

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Labour governments, that we knew nuclear power stations

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were going to come to the end of their life,

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this Government is making decisions in a proper,

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the lost time under the Labour years.

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I am delighted the Prime Minister has asked me to leap the historic

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task of leading a proper industrial strategy for this country.

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We have a once in a generation chance to

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embrace the new opportunities of our global role and upgrade our economy

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We will work with industry, local leaders,

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innovators, employees and consumers to create conditions for future

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May I also take the opportunity to congratulate the entire front bench

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The words industrial strategy often conjure up

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images of manufacturing and heavy industry.

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Can the Secretary of State confirm that...

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The service industry will be covered with comprehensive strategies?

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It seems to me that in projecting forward how

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we are going to earn a

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living as a nation, we look to our strengths.

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It is correct that the

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service sector is one of our greatest assets.

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We must create the conditions for that prosper in the

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Then I also welcome the secretary of state

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ambitious, interesting and challenging brief.

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I wish him and his team all the best.

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Can the secretary of state state precisely exactly how

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this new industrial strategy marks a change

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in Government approach to

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collaborate with business and intervention in the economy, or is

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it just a name change to the old approach?

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I would welcome the involvement of the new

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Select Committee, which I think will be

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important, and making sure we

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capture everything we need to make a success of this.

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I don't think it is brand-new in that we build on

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We talked with the Honourable gentleman's colleague on

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We know that has been a strong source

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The environment we created with firms in the sector,

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capacities and scientific institutions has been crucial to

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We will build on the strong foundations and expressed very

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As the Government formulates its industrial strategy, and urge my

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right honourable friend to look at the small business American

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I'm grateful to my honourable friend who is very well informed

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to translate research success into small business success.

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I'm sure we can talk further about it.

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I welcome the new team, but I'm sure even the secretary

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this isn't going to be a full English Brexit, it's going to be a

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Thank you much, I'm going to be here all week.

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On a industrial strategy, one of the problems we face

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is that many parts of the

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Areas have one industry like tourism, iron

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Will he make sure that we take this opportunity to invest in those areas

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to increase productivity in those forgotten areas?

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The right honourable gentleman is good at the

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one-liners, and the creative industries are a great source of

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I would say, if you look around the world at some

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particular, they have developed in a way that they have resilience

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industry. where the was the single, dominant

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That is precisely why we want to work with local leaders

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sure we strengthen the resilience of our regional centres.

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I welcome the Minister for consumer affairs,

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As part of my strategy, I hope my right honourable friend will

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recognise the importance of science and innovation.

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In my constituency, we are a microcosm in the future of

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Britain, linking science with high tech, and I hope that it

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will feature strongly in his strategy.

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The strength of science, not least in Oxfordshire,

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It will absolutely be in the heart of

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Secretary of State, how will he ensure that future

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industrial strategy is mindful of Northern Ireland's particular

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reliance on EU support and access to the common market?

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As I said earlier, we will make sure that we

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work with our colleagues across the United Kingdom.

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I had a productive meeting with Simon Hamilton during

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the summer to make sure that we coordinate our efforts

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with those of policymakers in Northern Ireland.

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It needs to be joined up, it will be,

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and we will make sure that our negotiating mandate

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reflects contributions from across the UK.

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Mr Speaker, I join others in welcoming

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The country is very badly unbalanced at the moment,

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we will support any realistic thoroughgoing industrial strategy

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We know how the strategy's gone over the summer.

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Sports Direct paying less than minimum wage.

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Meanwhile, the companies are being called fat and lazy.

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There is still no clear and unambiguous progress on

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It has been over two years since the consultation

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When will he make clear that the pensions of tens

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of thousands of loyal, hard-working steelworkers

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When it comes to the steel industry, it is

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very important industry in our country.

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I grew up in Teesside, where it was particularly prominent.

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I've had some very productive discussions during the summer,

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including visiting South Wales, to make sure that the government can

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give the right support to a sustainable future for the steel

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They have been very constructive discussions and I'm

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very happy to make sure that he is aware of them.

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Solar deployment has been a real UK success story, with almost 11

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Of course, it is appropriate to allow now for a period of stability

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following the changes made to protect consumer bills.

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The Secretary of State continues to keep

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the performance of the scheme under review.

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The PricewaterhouseCoopers report in July showed almost 60% of

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companies are looking to diversify away from

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solar, and nearly four in

:27:40.:27:41.

ten considering leaving the solar market entirely as a result of your

:27:42.:27:44.

What steps will the Minister take to avoid business

:27:45.:27:48.

confidence in this important sector dropping further?

:27:49.:27:54.

There is remarkably little sign that

:27:55.:27:55.

confidence is dropping in the sector.

:27:56.:27:58.

There is recognition that

:27:59.:27:59.

those changes had to be made, and the sector has responded

:28:00.:28:05.

remarkably resiliently to the changes made.

:28:06.:28:07.

Let us not forget that they have also been spreading expertise in

:28:08.:28:10.

I welcome the team to their new roles.

:28:11.:28:25.

Kingspan, a significant employer in my constituency

:28:26.:28:27.

contacted me regarding concerns about the re-evaluations of business

:28:28.:28:33.

The result is a six to eight fold increase in

:28:34.:28:37.

Would my friend agreed to meet with representatives from the

:28:38.:28:41.

company to see how these effects can be mitigated?

:28:42.:28:43.

I know the company well, it has substantial operation in

:28:44.:28:48.

Of course, it is right to acknowledge that valuations

:28:49.:28:55.

in this area are made by the independent evaluation office.

:28:56.:28:58.

The department liaising with the

:28:59.:29:01.

industry and the office on this issue, but I certainly would be

:29:02.:29:04.

delighted to meet with the company and him to discuss it.

:29:05.:29:07.

Has the Minister done any analysis of the

:29:08.:29:12.

relationship of payback periods for commercial and rooftop solar,

:29:13.:29:15.

particularly school solar, in relation to that proposed hike in

:29:16.:29:18.

Does he intend to change tariffs if the valuation comes into

:29:19.:29:27.

I simply repeat that the matter is under review.

:29:28.:29:33.

We haven't seen what the agency proposes, and

:29:34.:29:36.

we will look at it closely when we see what they have done.

:29:37.:29:41.

The Minister talks about stability, by

:29:42.:29:47.

which he is referring to a 93% drop in solar installations this year.

:29:48.:29:54.

After a 64% cut in subsidy to solar, an eight fold hike in the proposed

:29:55.:29:59.

business rates, it would appear that the next attack on solar

:30:00.:30:01.

Can the Minister confirm whether it is by

:30:02.:30:05.

incompetence or by calculation that changes to charges put forward by

:30:06.:30:11.

the regulator to end the unfair advantage to highly polluting diesel

:30:12.:30:14.

generators, will in fact negatively impact on small-scale renewables

:30:15.:30:16.

I think it is widely understood, Mr Speaker, that the

:30:17.:30:25.

sector needed some changes to the feed in tariffs,

:30:26.:30:27.

because the effect of them was to hit consumers very

:30:28.:30:30.

Let's not forget that 99% of all solar panels

:30:31.:30:40.

installed have been installed over the last six years.

:30:41.:30:44.

With permission, Mr Speaker, I will answer six with

:30:45.:30:51.

This government supports innovation, soon to be part of UK

:30:52.:30:56.

It has invested over ?1.8 billion in innovation since 2007.

:30:57.:31:05.

Innovators connecting businesses to local

:31:06.:31:07.

growth through its regional managers.

:31:08.:31:11.

There is also support through ?200 million of local growth

:31:12.:31:13.

As Chairman of the Space Committee, the space industry has

:31:14.:31:31.

outgrown the economy by 10% or through the austerity years.

:31:32.:31:34.

The space industry is worried about the

:31:35.:31:37.

issues caused by Brexit even though it is outside

:31:38.:31:39.

the European Union.

:31:40.:31:41.

Which he give us your reassurance that the industry will

:31:42.:31:44.

We recognise the value of space to our economy

:31:45.:31:47.

and are working closely with industry to understand their

:31:48.:31:50.

Also working closely across government to understand the

:31:51.:31:52.

impact of the referendum and all the opportunities associated

:31:53.:31:55.

with it, and will continue to do this as we

:31:56.:31:57.

shape our future relationship with European Union.

:31:58.:31:59.

The success of our agricultural industry is dependent on the latest

:32:00.:32:06.

innovations in agricultural science and technology driven forward by

:32:07.:32:13.

world leading research centres like the one

:32:14.:32:15.

What assurances can the Minister give

:32:16.:32:18.

that agri- food research will continue to play an important role

:32:19.:32:22.

in the government's overall strategy for supporting innovation

:32:23.:32:24.

and ultimately delivering food security?

:32:25.:32:26.

This government is investing ?160 million in agri- tech, including

:32:27.:32:30.

incentives for agricultural innovation to ensure that our world

:32:31.:32:33.

leading science is improving productivity and farms.

:32:34.:32:38.

In addition, a UK wide food innovation

:32:39.:32:40.

network which is to be launched very shortly,

:32:41.:32:43.

will give businesses greater access to technology and

:32:44.:32:45.

Will the Minister ensure that the devolved legislatures right

:32:46.:32:51.

across the United Kingdom, the relevant ministers there, are

:32:52.:32:54.

brought together to ensure the best practice in innovation right across

:32:55.:32:59.

the United Kingdom is not just replicated

:33:00.:33:01.

but brought forward in

:33:02.:33:02.

each of the relevant sections across the UK?

:33:03.:33:07.

Mr Speaker, we are working closely with the devolved

:33:08.:33:10.

administrations as we put through the creation of UK research and

:33:11.:33:14.

Excellent science and innovation will be supported through

:33:15.:33:19.

this new body, and we look forward to continuing

:33:20.:33:22.

science and innovation wherever it is found in the United Kingdom.

:33:23.:33:30.

Innovation is key to our regional economies,

:33:31.:33:34.

helping to create high skilled, well-paid jobs.

:33:35.:33:37.

Innovation needs investment and research and

:33:38.:33:39.

development, and small businesses to make a success of new ideas.

:33:40.:33:43.

European funding has helped grow our regional

:33:44.:33:48.

innovation infrastructure, the Northeast alone receives ?130

:33:49.:33:54.

million in research funding from now until 2020.

:33:55.:33:59.

While 72% of EU funding to UK businesses goes to small and

:34:00.:34:02.

Will the minister commit to matching the

:34:03.:34:05.

funding for innovation which currently comes from the European

:34:06.:34:08.

Mr Speaker, we have been monitoring the impact, or any

:34:09.:34:16.

impact, on our research institutions and businesses since the referendum.

:34:17.:34:22.

The announcement on August the 13th by HM Treasury that it will

:34:23.:34:27.

underwrite for the life of the project or competitively bid

:34:28.:34:30.

funding that is applied for before departure.

:34:31.:34:40.

That shows our determination to take action were ever necessary.

:34:41.:34:53.

Consumer product safety is a government priority.

:34:54.:35:02.

We have an effective system of product recall and have

:35:03.:35:05.

established a steering group to

:35:06.:35:06.

consider recommendations in

:35:07.:35:07.

We will engage with the London Fire Brigade

:35:08.:35:11.

on their campaign as part of

:35:12.:35:13.

You'll be aware of the fire in Shepherd's Bush tower block last

:35:14.:35:28.

month caused by a defective tumble drier.

:35:29.:35:30.

The woman could do nothing to

:35:31.:35:32.

stop the fire destroying her home and 25 others.

:35:33.:35:34.

Does the Minister agree that such drivers can continue

:35:35.:35:37.

to be used if not unattended is irresponsible and dangerous, and

:35:38.:35:45.

I was shocked to hear about the serious fire in the

:35:46.:35:50.

Honourable member's constituency and understand

:35:51.:35:51.

his concerns about the

:35:52.:35:52.

The advice being provided by the Whirlpool is

:35:53.:36:02.

based on a full risk assessment of the products that has been agreed

:36:03.:36:06.

with Peterborough City Council trading standards, who are the lead

:36:07.:36:09.

enforcement of authority for Whirpool.

:36:10.:36:10.

Trading standards will continue to monitor the situation

:36:11.:36:12.

and do have powers to order further action if they consider

:36:13.:36:15.

it appropriate.

:36:16.:36:20.

Two tumble dryer fires each day in this country,

:36:21.:36:22.

almost 2500 since the start of 2012.

:36:23.:36:24.

Will the Minister ensure there are fireproof

:36:25.:36:26.

labels on all tumble dryers with make, model, serial number,

:36:27.:36:29.

so that when fires do occur they can be

:36:30.:36:31.

I thank my honourable friend for his question.

:36:32.:36:38.

Although there have been the serious fires, they do actually

:36:39.:36:41.

represents less than 0.2% of the total numbers

:36:42.:36:44.

So we have to keep these things in perspective.

:36:45.:36:57.

The Linfolds Woods review that provides an overview of the current

:36:58.:37:00.

And the independent recall review group,

:37:01.:37:04.

comprised of industry safety experts and the chief fire officers

:37:05.:37:07.

Association, will complete the work on these recommendations.

:37:08.:37:11.

As a department, where absolutely committed to ensuring

:37:12.:37:19.

only safe products are placed on the market,

:37:20.:37:22.

Given the risks associated with misuse of

:37:23.:37:26.

these pens, we are reviewing what more we can do to protect

:37:27.:37:30.

Last year, there was over 1300 incidents where certain laser

:37:31.:37:38.

pens were used to target aircraft and infrastructure.

:37:39.:37:42.

Will he support the bill to regulate the sale of

:37:43.:37:46.

these pens, supported by the British airline

:37:47.:37:50.

Can I congratulate my friend for his persistence and passion

:37:51.:37:58.

this very important issue, because there are significant

:37:59.:38:00.

I assure him that the government is taking very seriously

:38:01.:38:12.

and there is a cross Whitehall group looking urgently now at our options,

:38:13.:38:15.

including the case for further legislation.

:38:16.:38:19.

I am happy in that context to meet him.

:38:20.:38:21.

Would the Minister help the leading manufacturer of laser pens in my

:38:22.:38:25.

constituency, was a great supporter of the northern Powerhouse, and will

:38:26.:38:28.

be attending Thursday's big conference in Yorkshire.

:38:29.:38:30.

On innovation and creativity in Yorkshire.

:38:31.:38:33.

What he wants to know is

:38:34.:38:36.

why Lord O'Neill was suddenly pulled as a speaker,

:38:37.:38:41.

no substitute offered, and we hear that the government will

:38:42.:38:47.

not have anything to do with elected mayors or northern powerhouse.

:38:48.:38:50.

Can we talk about laser pens, rather than the

:38:51.:39:05.

I refute any suggestion we have lost commitment to the northern

:39:06.:39:23.

powerhouse. He is a well-known exponent of the shoehorning

:39:24.:39:26.

technique. Whatever he wants to raise, he shoehorns in to a

:39:27.:39:28.

question, somehow. Let me take this

:39:29.:39:31.

opportunity to refute absolutely any suggestion

:39:32.:39:33.

that the government has lost any commitment to the northern

:39:34.:39:35.

powerhouse in terms I welcome the question

:39:36.:39:37.

from a colleague I have enjoyed watching at work,

:39:38.:39:51.

his incisive questioning of a He is now directing

:39:52.:39:54.

that questioning to me, The department has

:39:55.:39:56.

received a copy of the PwC great success story

:39:57.:40:00.

over the past years. The goal now is to try

:40:01.:40:06.

and move the industry towards the

:40:07.:40:08.

capacity to deliver without subsidy. I thank the Minister for his

:40:09.:40:10.

generous comments, and also for chairing my Select Committee,

:40:11.:40:22.

I wish him well in the new role. PwC suggests a third

:40:23.:40:26.

of solar jobs have been lost in the last year,

:40:27.:40:36.

and many more companies expect to lose

:40:37.:40:39.

staff in the next 12 months. It has been suggested

:40:40.:40:42.

that rate changes Will the Government

:40:43.:40:43.

taken in to account these measures and do something

:40:44.:40:54.

positive for the industry? I share the concerns

:40:55.:40:57.

about job losses as a result of changes

:40:58.:40:59.

in the I made some points about the way

:41:00.:41:01.

the industry has changed, and your report picked out

:41:02.:41:05.

the resilience of the industry and its capacity to respond

:41:06.:41:07.

to change, It's noticeable that

:41:08.:41:09.

of many schemes are already viable without subsidy

:41:10.:41:12.

in certain circumstances. The key now is to move

:41:13.:41:16.

further towards that. We will look very closely

:41:17.:41:26.

towards the issues raised on valuation

:41:27.:41:28.

highlighted today. With your permission,

:41:29.:41:30.

I will answer this question The Government has made it clear

:41:31.:41:32.

we are open for business and

:41:33.:41:39.

determined to make EU, including seizing

:41:40.:41:40.

the opportunity to negotiate our

:41:41.:41:42.

own trade agreements. I believe leaving the EU offers

:41:43.:41:44.

great opportunity for British My constituency has

:41:45.:41:46.

a business which works It is very complex

:41:47.:41:54.

and has a registration He is concerned his

:41:55.:41:58.

business will be hampered. Will my honourable friend be

:41:59.:42:10.

vigilant of issues like this, to

:42:11.:42:18.

make sure that we are able We want to make sure

:42:19.:42:20.

the new relationship with the EU works for British businesses,

:42:21.:42:26.

and his constituents raises

:42:27.:42:27.

an important issue. We need to have clarity

:42:28.:42:31.

I'm sure we can arrange a meeting to discuss it.

:42:32.:42:40.

Does the Minister welcome the figures that predict our exports

:42:41.:42:47.

will go up after the referendum results?

:42:48.:43:00.

And will he confirm businesses who he has spoken to that

:43:01.:43:03.

are positive about our potential future?

:43:04.:43:06.

I voted remain and believe that we should

:43:07.:43:08.

talk up our prospects are

:43:09.:43:10.

The chairman I have spoken to have expressed some

:43:11.:43:28.

desire for more certainty but we are fundamentally optimistic

:43:29.:43:31.

There is a British jurisdiction that is entirely accessed by road, air

:43:32.:43:35.

and by sea through another European Union member

:43:36.:43:37.

state, and that is the

:43:38.:43:38.

British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar.

:43:39.:43:40.

They are absolutely of the opinion they need to retain

:43:41.:43:42.

access to the single European market.

:43:43.:43:45.

What discussions has he had with Gibraltarian counterparts

:43:46.:43:47.

to ensure that happens?

:43:48.:43:51.

We are engaged with a series of discussions with stakeholders and

:43:52.:43:54.

Will the Minister or his team meet with the leader of the official

:43:55.:44:05.

opposition in Northern Ireland, where we have an excellent document

:44:06.:44:07.

on the vision of the future of Northern Ireland after Brexit?

:44:08.:44:14.

The short answer is yes, we are very keen to

:44:15.:44:17.

ideas on how we meet this fundamental and exciting challenge

:44:18.:44:23.

of how we transition to a post-Brexit world that works for

:44:24.:44:26.

The Department of business energy and industrial strategy was formed

:44:27.:44:48.

on the 14th of July, and it is my privilege to serve

:44:49.:44:52.

We are creating a new focus on industrial strategy.

:44:53.:44:56.

This is a powerful department, out of the task of promoting

:44:57.:45:02.

a competitor, low carbon economy.

:45:03.:45:03.

And an economy that works for everyone.

:45:04.:45:05.

As part of an excellent team of ministers and officials, I will

:45:06.:45:09.

continue to work both locally and globally

:45:10.:45:10.

The Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, along the Cardiff Bay,

:45:11.:45:27.

new port and Bridgwater Bay has the potential to create huge

:45:28.:45:30.

Second largest rise and fall in the world's tides.

:45:31.:45:32.

When are we going to get a result, we need

:45:33.:45:35.

long-term funding for a project which will reach 8% of our energy?

:45:36.:45:38.

My understanding is that the feasibility study is being

:45:39.:45:42.

I haven't received its final conclusions yet.

:45:43.:45:49.

At that point, I will look with the same

:45:50.:45:52.

The European Commission says that Apple should

:45:53.:45:59.

taxes for revenues created across the EU, including the UK.

:46:00.:46:08.

Most businesses pay their fair share of

:46:09.:46:10.

taxes and expects all other businesses, large or small, to do

:46:11.:46:13.

Can the Secretary of State confirm he is doing everything he

:46:14.:46:17.

can to make sure the very biggest companies pay up, and also that we

:46:18.:46:21.

receive our share of the ?13 billion Apple tax pie?

:46:22.:46:28.

The responsibilities that come with being in business in this

:46:29.:46:33.

country and paying taxes that contribute to

:46:34.:46:36.

public services that we enjoy as part of that.

:46:37.:46:40.

He does have my assurance that we will make

:46:41.:46:43.

sure that we pursue the

:46:44.:46:46.

correct tax by all companies that locate here.

:46:47.:46:50.

On Thursday I'll be chairing a panel at the enterprise innovation and

:46:51.:46:53.

In developing an industrial strategy,

:46:54.:47:02.

does the Minister agree with me that we need

:47:03.:47:19.

to do to win more hearts and minds in the North.

:47:20.:47:22.

More examples of regional procurement and more

:47:23.:47:24.

jobs in the North, particularly with HS2 perhaps

:47:25.:47:26.

The passion with which my honourable friend

:47:27.:47:30.

opportunities that are in our industrial strategy to make sure

:47:31.:47:35.

that growth is across the United Kingdom,

:47:36.:47:37.

He will know I have taken great interest in this and my previous

:47:38.:47:41.

roles, he can be assured that interest will not be diminishing.

:47:42.:47:44.

The current review of network charging for small embedded

:47:45.:47:49.

generators will mean huge increases in the costs of these small

:47:50.:47:52.

Is the department just determined to make energy generation

:47:53.:48:00.

What we have to do is strike a balance between looking to drive

:48:01.:48:13.

down the costs of all sources of low carbon generation,

:48:14.:48:16.

the best value for consumers and taxpayers.

:48:17.:48:19.

That includes reviews of

:48:20.:48:23.

Can the Minister ensure that breaks and financial services, and tourism

:48:24.:48:29.

sectors, as we approach European negotiations?

:48:30.:48:36.

I can assure the honourable member that we plan to put at the heart of

:48:37.:48:43.

industrial strategy science and innovation,

:48:44.:48:45.

financial services as

:48:46.:48:47.

part of the services sector will also play an important

:48:48.:48:50.

Last week, the Government committed to ratifying the Paris climate

:48:51.:48:56.

Will it commit to doing so for the next conference

:48:57.:49:03.

in Morocco so the Government can play a full role in that summit?

:49:04.:49:11.

We helped shape the Paris agreement, we said

:49:12.:49:15.

we will ratify as soon as

:49:16.:49:16.

Britain is undoubtedly a world leader in scientific research.

:49:17.:49:26.

Will my right honourable friend detail

:49:27.:49:32.

what role science will pay to the the Government's

:49:33.:49:35.

It will position the UK as a leader for the 21st-century.

:49:36.:49:42.

The UK bio economy is worth billions, 36%...

:49:43.:49:58.

The potential is there to grow, and will continue

:49:59.:50:02.

The Secretary of State is a thoughtful man who, I believe, is

:50:03.:50:06.

Will he assured me I'm right in this understanding by cancelling his

:50:07.:50:11.

predecessor's decision to centralise department functions in London.

:50:12.:50:14.

Thereby maintaining and building upon its presence in Sheffield?

:50:15.:50:18.

I would say that I am certainly very attached to the work done in

:50:19.:50:22.

Sheffield, and the valued colleagues we have up there.

:50:23.:50:27.

The decision has made some time ago, and many changes

:50:28.:50:31.

As we sort out the responsibilities of different parts

:50:32.:50:38.

of the departments, I'll look carefully at what Sheffield can

:50:39.:50:41.

What can be done to make sure community energy schemes are viable?

:50:42.:50:55.

As explained previously, the Government

:50:56.:50:57.

is very committed to the

:50:58.:50:58.

deployment of renewable energy, and has had

:50:59.:51:01.

The expansion of Heathrow would create demand for 370,000 tonnes of

:51:02.:51:11.

So it is not only in the interest of the UK economy generally that we

:51:12.:51:19.

expand Heathrow, but specifically in the interest of the manufacturing

:51:20.:51:23.

So why don't we just get on with it, have the vote

:51:24.:51:32.

chamber, and get on with building the third runway?

:51:33.:51:39.

Across many different forms of infrastructure,

:51:40.:51:40.

we do need an upgrade in the infrastructure we have.

:51:41.:51:43.

That'll have many important benefit to the steel

:51:44.:51:45.

It's hugely encouraging the Government is developing this

:51:46.:51:50.

industrial strategy, which I believe for great boost

:51:51.:51:58.

and confidence to our steel industry.

:51:59.:51:59.

Can the Minister update a House what discussions he has had

:52:00.:52:02.

I have had extensive discussions with these steel industry.

:52:03.:52:07.

It is important we should have a is a

:52:08.:52:11.

stable future for what is an important factor in our economy.

:52:12.:52:20.

A huge shipping company has gone into receivership,

:52:21.:52:22.

The inability to dock has impacted on UK retail,

:52:23.:52:29.

critically juddering Christmas trading...

:52:30.:52:32.

What action is he taking to assist traders and our seafarers?

:52:33.:52:49.

In terms of immediate impact, the Local

:52:50.:52:52.

Enterprise Partnership are engaged with making sure the delays are

:52:53.:52:55.

Many will commend the Minister for putting science at the centre

:52:56.:53:07.

a strategy, but I wonder if as he plans for the future

:53:08.:53:12.

sciences industry if he will work with the Minister of health, because

:53:13.:53:16.

the health service will be critical to the growth of that industry?

:53:17.:53:20.

I was interested to read my honourable friend's article earlier

:53:21.:53:23.

In some point in the Government takes a

:53:24.:53:34.

collective approach on this, I've already

:53:35.:53:36.

Health Secretary on how we can make the most of the NHS

:53:37.:53:50.

Will the Government look again at the unjust 50% Government

:53:51.:53:55.

claw back from the mine workerss' pension service?

:53:56.:53:58.

I will certainly take that away and I'm happy to meet with the

:53:59.:54:01.

honourable leader issued like to inform you more about this outside

:54:02.:54:04.

Does the Department intend to develop a single industrial

:54:05.:54:12.

for the whole country, or have different strategies different parts

:54:13.:54:15.

My honourable friend makes a good point.

:54:16.:54:19.

It seems to me essential that of course we should

:54:20.:54:22.

have a strategy for the whole country, but place is incredibly

:54:23.:54:25.

The challenges of the places like greater Manchester are

:54:26.:54:30.

We should reflect the different strengths and opportunities more

:54:31.:54:35.

clearly in how we do business as a government.

:54:36.:54:40.

Does the Minister accept that changes to subsidy for the CHP

:54:41.:54:47.

biomass plans have been brought in to quickly and longer grace

:54:48.:54:50.

period before an implementation should have

:54:51.:54:52.

In my constituency, a company doing what the government

:54:53.:55:03.

want by investing in renewable technology but stand to lose 3

:55:04.:55:06.

Will he meet with me to discuss these changes?

:55:07.:55:09.

All kindness and charity to the honourable gentleman that he was at

:55:10.:55:13.

his best at the end of the first sentence.

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A blue pencil should therefore after have been applied.

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As a former treasurer of the SNP, he knows a bit

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about the challenges as

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He knows in the context of these changes, are

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overriding aim is to provide better value for the tax payer.

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They will apply to new participants with they

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Those who fully qualified on or after the

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1st of August will be subject to the change.

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If it is a specific issue you wish to raise with me I'll

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Brexit provides the UK with an opportunity

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to be the global leader in energy technology.

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Offshore wind, energy storage and carbon capture.

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Can the Minister confirm that the government

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will reset energy policy so that the country can

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take full advantage of

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My honourable friend is absolutely right.

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One of the historic strengths of the United Kingdom is in areas

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such as marine engineering and power engineering,

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which is at the heart of the opportunities around the

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world as many countries look to develop their capacity in renewable

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This is a big opportunity, especially for his constituency.

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Can the Secretary of State guarantee that all employment protection

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currently enjoyed by British workers will be

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maintained post Brexit and

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does he back my bill to do just that?

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We will certainly look carefully at the Honourable Lady's

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Employment protections are an absolute priority for this

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The financial viability of many low-carbon on-site heat and

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power technologies is under threat due to the reduction in the tarrif.

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Would his department consider having a separate tariff rate for the new

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technologies rather than being treated the same as other

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The government is reviewing how the renewable heat incentive

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works and is being forced to make some changes

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to tariffs in order to

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provide better value for the tax payer.

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I'm more than happy to sit down and talk with him about his

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Welcome Secretary of State to his place as I do my

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A new report from a professor of Aberdeen University has

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found the re-engineering of the fiscal regime may be necessary

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before we reach the North Sea's potential.

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What further support will

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the government bring forward for the oil and gas sector

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Very productive set of discussions in Aberdeen during the

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summer with representatives of the oil and gas sector.

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The industry centred in Aberdeen but involving

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other places in the country is very important.

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We have made big changes for the fiscal regime but we'll

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He earlier described himself as being on a historic task

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writing industrial strategy.

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If he studies strategy, it is written primarily by

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civil servants and ministers tend to fail.

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engage businesses in Lancashire to make sure we have a successful

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I'm grateful for my honourable friend's point.

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It is the case that an industrial strategy for

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the country should not be instructions from ministers or civil

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servants to businesses and the rest of the country.

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We are engaging with businesses all across the country

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and in every different sector to make sure

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Does the Secretary of State believe it is conceivable this

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country can negotiate full membership of the single market

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without accepting free movement?

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Mr Speaker, the Honourable gentleman entices me

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into making early decisions on what our negotiating

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I think it is the sensible step to be

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careful and to put together our negotiating

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brief and to do that in

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consultation with businesses and every part of the country.

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Speaker, I welcome the government's and

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genuine commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.

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Will the secretary of state meet with me and other leaders

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I'm always keen to meet the Honourable gentleman,

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despite the fact that I've moved from one department to another.

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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.


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