Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Business Update (10 Dec 2018)
Greg Clark: The Government has published its response to its consultation on the reform of Limited Partnership law. A key theme of the UK’s Industrial Strategy is ensuring the UK has a world-leading business environment, which holds the confidence of investors, employees, consumers and the public. An important element of this is the provision of a range of business structures through which a variety of...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy (6 Dec 2018)
Greg Clark: As part of the Industrial Strategy, the Government committed to making the most of the UK’s strengths, so we can be at the forefront of emerging technologies and industries in the years ahead. The Aerospace sector is a leading industrial sector for the UK with particular strengths in the design, manufacture and support of wings, engine as well as advanced systems such as landing gear and...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industrial Strategy (5 Dec 2018)
Greg Clark: As part of the Industrial Strategy, the government committed to making the most of the UK’s strengths, so that we are at the forefront of new technologies and emerging industries in the years ahead. The life sciences sector is one of the most important pillars of the UK economy, contributing over £70bn a year and 240,000 jobs across the country. In 2017, a wide coalition of industry and...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: My right hon. Friend will be aware that up to 90% of retail properties in England could be eligible, and I understand that up to around 3,000 properties in her borough could qualify for the relief made available in the Budget.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Starting and Growing Businesses (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: If the hon. Lady was at the CBI conference yesterday, and if she has read the responses from businesses small and large up and down the country, she will know that they are very clear that this deal will help to create the confidence that will allow investment to be made and jobs to be created and preserved across the country.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Nuclear Power (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: The Government believe that nuclear power has an important role to play in our energy system as part of a diverse range of low-carbon technologies. Our intent is clearly visible in the form of Hinkley Point C—the first new nuclear power station to be built in this country in a generation—as well as in the launch in June of our landmark nuclear sector deal at Trawsfynydd.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Starting and Growing Businesses (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman has read the proposed agreement, but business leaders certainly have, and they have been warmly supportive of it. There are good reasons for that. One of the things that businesses have asked for is a transition period leading up to an agreement that we should be able to trade without tariffs, without quotas and without frictions. This agreement...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Starting and Growing Businesses (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to suggest that microbusinesses, and indeed start-ups, sometimes face challenges in accessing finance. The British Business Bank has a programme to focus on microbusinesses. Start-up loans, from which 44 businesses in her constituency have benefited, are also important.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: We value highly the colleagues in our Department and across Government who do important work in public service, and I have made a commitment that we will always treat them well, including on pay and conditions. I am glad that the hon. Lady is looking forward with anticipation to the publication of the response to the Taylor review. It was a landmark report to which this Government committed,...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Nuclear Power (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: I can indeed give that assurance to my hon. Friend, who is a great champion of one of the bastions of skills and innovation in the nuclear sector in this country. The circumstances behind Toshiba’s wind-down of NuGen are well known—it was because of the move to chapter 11 bankruptcy of its subsidiary—but that site is now available for other investors.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Nuclear Power (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman takes such an interest in this. He will know that the nuclear sector deal provides for training, new institutions and new apprenticeship and scholarship opportunities for nuclear engineers in both the civil and defence sectors. This is all part of an agreement across the industry with Government to ensure that the next generation of nuclear power is...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Starting and Growing Businesses (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and she will know that we are taking steps to reinforce in statute some of the measures that have been good practice across the industry. Indeed, the small business commissioner has been appointed to the prompt payment code compliance board to help with that.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Nuclear Power (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: As my hon. Friend knows, in each case the proposals are developer-led, so it is for proponents to come forward. As I have said to our hon. Friend the Member for Copeland (Trudy Harrison), I am very happy, with my officials, to meet anyone who has an interest in doing so.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Starting and Growing Businesses (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: One of the reasons why companies up and down the country sometimes find it a struggle to recruit people is that we have such a low level of unemployment in this country. I would have thought that the hon. Gentleman would recognise that. He knows that one of the benefits of leaving the European Union is that our migration policy will be set in this country according to the needs of our...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Nuclear Power (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: The answer is yes. I am grateful to the hon. Lady’s Public Accounts Committee for examining the model for financing nuclear new build. With her colleagues, she has made some helpful suggestions, which she knows we are committed to taking forward to see whether they can be viable.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: The recent Budget confirmed our unwavering commitment to the technologies of the future. We have set up a national quantum computing centre and five new technology centres in Leeds, Oxford, Coventry, Glasgow and London. At the national level, the Prime Minister joined the first meeting of the Industrial Strategy Council. Internationally, I travelled to Japan to discuss how we can work...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Starting and Growing Businesses (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: Our business environment is among the best in the world for small businesses. We have 16.3 million people employed in small businesses and the British Business Bank is supporting small businesses with over £5.5 billion of finance—and colleagues on all sides of the House will wish to support small business Saturday on 1 December.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: I note that the hon. Lady dismissed the withdrawal agreement on the airwaves before she had even read it, so it does not surprise me that her question is so misplaced. As for the trade unions, I met Frances O’Grady, the general secretary of the TUC, to discuss the provisions of the agreement in person. When it comes to our record of protecting employees’ rights, the hon. Lady should have...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Starting and Growing Businesses (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: I do indeed, and I congratulate Ideal Foods and the Cornish Cheese Company. Perhaps I can add one of my own: Cornish Charcuterie, based just outside Bude, is one of my favourites, and I know that it has many satisfied customers across the UK and Europe, and increasingly around the world. This shows that, of all the manifold assets that Cornwall has, its food and indeed its drink are something...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2018)
Greg Clark: Businesses up and down the country have been very clear: they want an agreement; they want a deal so that they have the certainty to be able to make investments; they want a transition period so that they are able to make the necessary adjustments; and they want frictionless trade. The proposed deal comprises all those qualities, which is why it has had such a warm endorsement. It will give...


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