Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Mix (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: I think the hon. Lady should recognise the huge progress that has been made, which is beyond what anyone would have expected 10 years ago when the Climate Change Act 2008 was passed. I commend her constituents for their contribution in respect of renewable power. However, as my right hon. Friend the Minister for Energy and Clean Growth has said, the right mechanism must be applied to the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Leaving the EU: Businesses in Scotland (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: No. Advice and support are available to every business across the United Kingdom, including, of course, businesses in Scotland. I work very closely with the Scottish Government. They are represented on the groups that are developing the contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit, and businesses are included in that.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Insecure Work (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: I am slightly surprised to hear that from the hon. Lady because she knows that we have taken measures to give workers the right to request that stable contract. She will know that in her own area Bradford Council is a very good exponent of that. It was advertising last night for casual commis chefs, saying that hours are offered on a “casual basis” and may be withdrawn by either party,...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: My right hon. Friend is correct that our reputation for science and innovation, and the standing of our universities, are among the best in the world. At a time when every country around the world is investing in the technologies of the future, we need to emphasise the abilities and talents we have. Through the industrial strategy, we have the biggest increase in public and private sector...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Insecure Work (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Obviously, it is a great source of confidence to people that they can obtain a job. It is the case that employers across the country value the flexibility that having a flexible workforce gives. In fact, again, the Labour leader of Gateshead Council said that “many zero-hours contracts employees” on the council “don’t want to be full time employees...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Leaving the EU: Businesses in Scotland (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. That is absolutely the intention. The fund will be UK-wide and continue the progress that has been made, not least through the city deals programme. All the major cities of Scotland have benefited from a city deal that embraces the UK Government, the Scottish Government, and local authorities. That is a good model that is working and is successful.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Insecure Work (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: The hon. Lady should recognise the commitment to 60% and the progress that has been made towards that, which meant a very big pay increase for many of the lowest paid workers in the country. She will remember that the Chancellor announced a review in his statement last week to look into where we go beyond that, using international best practice to inform such a decision. I hope that the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Mix (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: Quite the opposite is true. One of the reasons why it has proved impossible to finance privately some of these nuclear power stations is that the cost of renewables was falling and the availability was increasing so rapidly that they are being muscled out of the system. The forecast electricity margin for this year is now over 11%, the highest for five years. To put this into context for the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Insecure Work (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: I do agree with that analysis and with what my hon. Friend has said. The conclusion of the panel in that completely independent report was: “To ban zero hours contracts…would negatively impact many more people than it helped.” It is right to ensure that there is an ability to request a stable contract and that people are not banned from working for different employers, but to remove...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Insecure Work (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: The best way to support people is to make sure that they have a job. Today it was announced that more people are employed in our country than ever before. Unemployment has fallen to 3.9%, its lowest since 1975. Our pay rose in real terms over the past year by 1.3%, and over the past year 96% of those new jobs have been full time.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Insecure Work (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: I share the hon. Gentleman’s concerns. In the last few weeks, I have been discussing with the trade unions how any loopholes that might be being exploited should be closed. It is the intention of everyone across the House that the law should be obeyed and that workers should be paid a fair rate for their work.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Leaving the EU: Businesses in Scotland (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: My right hon. Friend makes an excellent point. As he knows from the industrial strategy—he was closely involved in its construction—grants and assistance for training, especially for employees whose jobs change as a result of technological change, is a very important contribution that we can make, and I am glad that he has brought it to the attention of the House.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Insecure Work (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: I do indeed expect this to continue. Many of the rights that we have introduced—including, for example, the right to request a stable contract—were pioneered in this country, and are only now being taken up by other European countries.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Mix (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: The UK is leading the world in decarbonising our energy supplies while driving down the cost of clean power. The proportion of our electricity coming from renewables has increased fourfold since 2010, and the cost of clean power is falling fast. The price of offshore wind has fallen by 50% in the last couple of years.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Insecure Work (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: I value very highly the work of all the staff in my Department. I met some of the staff she has mentioned, who were affected. I asked my officials to review the comparable levels of pay that such staff receive, and those pay rates have been increased as a result. It was a good and constructive discussion with my much valued colleagues.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Mix (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: I will indeed meet my hon. Friend, and I am sure that my right hon. Friend the Minister for Energy and Clean Growth will join that conversation. We have a good record in bringing on a range of new technologies and I am very happy to make sure there are no barriers to that.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Leaving the EU: Businesses in Scotland (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: I have regular discussions with the Chancellor about support for businesses in Scotland, as well as in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. As the hon. Member for Glasgow North (Patrick Grady) will know, last Wednesday we announced up to £260 million for the borderlands growth deal, which is a cross-party—and clearly a cross-border—partnership that has been hailed as a game changer by...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: One of the frustrations about the dominance of our Brexit debates over the last two years is that insufficient attention is given to the fact that this is one of the most exciting times for British industry and commerce since the first industrial revolution, which was forged in this country. We are in the vanguard of so many of the industries of the future. Earlier this month, my right hon....

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Leaving the EU: Businesses in Scotland (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: The best chance for Scotland to enjoy prosperity in the future is to stay in the United Kingdom, and I hope the hon. Gentleman would support that. I am very surprised that he would mention jobs in the Scotland when, under the SNP, jobs growth in Scotland has been far behind the good statistics that I was able to give for the whole country. Indeed, if Scotland had matched the rate of job...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (19 Mar 2019)
Greg Clark: I am glad the hon. Lady recognises the importance and effectiveness of our automotive sector. She is absolutely right that the acceleration of the shift to new technologies is affecting the sector in every country around the world. Through our industrial strategy, agreed with the automotive sector through the sector deal, and the Faraday challenge, we are advancing our position in battery...


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