26 April 2017
Vara questions Government about business response to the launch of the industrial strategy consultation

Vara questions the Government about business response to the launch of the industrial strategy consultation.

Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire) (Con)

8. What steps his Department has taken to ensure that the Government’s industrial strategy benefits Wales and other parts of the UK equally. [909716]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales (Guto Bebb)

We are delivering a bold, long-term industrial strategy that is truly UK wide and builds on our strengths and prepares us for the years ahead. It is important that the economy works for everyone, delivers good, skilled, well-paid jobs, and creates the conditions for competitive, world-leading businesses to prosper and grow across the UK. That, we are doing.

Mr Vara

Will the Minister outline what response he has had from businesses and organisations across Wales since the launch of the industrial strategy consultation, and how is he ensuring that Welsh interests are front and centre of the strategy as it goes forward?

Guto Bebb

I thank my hon. Friend for his question. The response from stakeholders across Wales has been truly superb. The engagement that the Wales Office has had with businesses and industry across Wales has been second to none. The response to the industrial strategy is very clear: businesses and industry want us to support research and innovation, and to invest in digital infrastructure. Those are exactly the types of priorities that we have in our industrial strategy.

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