Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Leaving the EU: Car Industry (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: Through our industrial strategy, we have a clear focus on being the go-to place in the world for the future of mobility in all its different forms. Dunton in my hon. Friend’s constituency is home to Ford’s technical centre, which is obviously one of the major global forces in that future. It is particularly gratifying that Ford has chosen the UK to be the centre of its European...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Leaving the EU: Automotive Sector (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. The industry is aware of the firmness of our intention. It makes no sense to disrupt what has been a very successful relationship between this country and some of the home countries of those manufacturers: that is very clear in all our minds.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. He is right in saying that, if this is to apply right across the country, the opportunities in rural areas are very important not just for the vehicles he describes, but for public transport. He will know that at the University of Lincoln, not far from him, excellent work is being done through the Centre for Autonomous Systems on the future of...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: As the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, my hon. Friend the Member for Stourbridge (Margot James) has made clear, and as I believe the hon. Lady knows, this is a difficult and complex issue. We completely accept the need for confidence among the providers of care to some of the most vulnerable people in society, while recognising the legitimate claim,...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: My hon. Friend is absolutely right that the choice that some of the world’s best motor manufacturers make to locate in the cluster reinforces our reputation. Last year, we launched the Aylesbury Vale enterprise zone, which supports the Silverstone high-performance technology cluster. It provides an environment that is helping to deliver new jobs in this sector. The local growth fund for...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Leaving the EU: Automotive Sector (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: If the hon. Gentleman talks to people in the motor industry, as in other industries, he will know that no one is more vigorous and active than I am in meeting prospective investors to explain our strategy and the attractiveness of the UK. As a result of the industry’s work, supported by the Government, we have had a commitment from BMW to build the electric Mini in the UK, Toyota is...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: The hon. Gentleman asks an important question. It is absolutely right that the researchers at the university will have huge opportunities in this area. The reputation for excellence that has been established in that university is well known not just across the country, but around the world. The Prime Minister and I had the privilege of attending a roundtable of the leading managers across the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: I would have thought that the hon. Gentleman would welcome the fact that jobs are being created in all parts of the United Kingdom and that we have the highest level of employment since records began. That is a signal of the success of the UK economy, but he is absolutely right that we want to make sure that every part of the United Kingdom reaches the height of prosperity it is capable of...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. The predictability of the regulatory environment is extremely important for future investment. It is one reason why we have introduced the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, which will be ahead of the world in establishing the right regulatory environment for electric and autonomous vehicles. Again, this is something that has commanded the attention...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: Our industrial strategy capitalises on our strengths as we build the next generation of motor vehicles. In July, we committed £246 million to the Faraday Battery Challenge to make Britain a centre for the development of battery storage. I have also announced £51 million to fund automated vehicle testbeds across the country. I am delighted to say that in October Ford opened its new...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: My hon. Friend is absolutely right that one of the advantages of the new technologies is that they give particular hope to people who find it difficult or impossible to use conventional vehicles. Part of the point of putting together the research in the automotive, renewable energy, healthcare and social care sectors is that we can join the benefits of all of them in a single programme.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Leaving the EU: Automotive Sector (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: We met the SMMT and all members of the sector to discuss every aspect of the challenges and opportunities ahead. The hon. Lady is of course right that Brexit is very much on the minds of every motor manufacturer, which is why the discussions we have had reinforced our commitment not only to secure a good deal at high level, but to make sure all the particular aspects for that industry are...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: Because we need both. Our ambition is to make this country one of the best connected in the world so that it is possible to go from the capital to our midlands, northern cities and beyond quickly and efficiently, and have more capacity to move freight around the country. I would have thought, given the importance of the motor industry to Derbyshire, that the hon. Gentleman, as a Derbyshire...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Leaving the EU: Car Industry (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: The UK’s automotive industry is a great British success story, and as I said earlier, the Prime Minister and I met senior executives last week and reiterated our determination to secure a Brexit deal that guarantees the sector’s competitiveness. I will continue to work closely with all companies in the sector.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: If the hon. Gentleman reflects on our reputation in the world, he should know that, for international leadership on climate change, it is very strong. He would do well to commend rather than undermine that. In the past few weeks, we launched the clean growth strategy, which commits, across a range of areas, not just to meet our legal commitments and generate jobs in those important...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: Since we last met, my ministerial colleagues and I have brought three major pieces of legislation to the House: a draft Bill to cap consumer energy prices; new laws to ensure that every home and small business will be offered a smart meter; and the new Nuclear Safeguards Bill to maintain our nuclear safeguards as we leave the EU. We continue to develop new policy that will benefit businesses...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Leaving the EU: Automotive Sector (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: I have frequent discussions with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. The UK continues to demonstrate that it is an attractive place for future investment. Companies such as Nissan, BMW and Toyota continue to invest, thanks to our highly skilled workforce, the strong partnership between the Government and industry and long-term investment in new technology and innovation.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: I can assure the hon. Lady that there is every intention of introducing a price cap, and there is consensus in the House around that. We have published a Bill and it is being scrutinised by the Select Committee. As soon as it has finished that scrutiny, we will look for an opportunity to introduce it to the House.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Leaving the EU: Automotive Sector (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: I have been very clear in my discussions with the industry, and, as I said earlier, last week we had a roundtable at No. 10 with the Prime Minister. It is essential for our trading relationship with the European Union not only to be tariff-free, but to allow the continuation of a means of production that involves multiple components going back and forth, often at very short notice. There are...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (7 Nov 2017)
Greg Clark: I represent strongly the views of the business community because they are absolutely vital for our continuing prosperity as a country. The whole of the business community wants to get the best possible deal for the UK, and the vast majority of Members were elected on a platform and a manifesto of obtaining that. I will be tireless in pressing the case for it.


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