Ministerial Discussions

International Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd November 2017.

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Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Labour, Wrexham 12:00 am, 23rd November 2017

What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Photo of Mark Garnier Mark Garnier Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

The Department for International Trade has overall responsibility for both inward direct investment into the UK from abroad and outward direct investment from the UK to markets overseas. Officials in my Department and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have numerous discussions on how we can support our businesses. DIT is currently undertaking an export strategy to better understand the needs of businesses seeking to export, as well as identifying those opportunities via the GREAT.gov.uk website.

Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Labour, Wrexham

Exporting manufacturing businesses in north Wales such as Magellan Aerospace and Airbus are world-beating organisations, but they desperately need infrastructure, investment and support from the Government to face the challenges ahead. Why are this Government so reluctant to invest in and support north Wales?

Photo of Mark Garnier Mark Garnier Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

I believe that a north Wales growth deal was announced in the Budget. It is also important to remember that the industrial strategy will be announced next week. That will talk about exactly how we can improve the infrastructure to support the great businesses in north Wales that the hon. Gentleman represents very well.

Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Speaker of the House of Commons, Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Chair, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Chair, Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion Committee

I have noticed a phenomenon of what I will call inconsistent bobbing in the Chamber. A Member bobs once and thinks that that is sufficient signal of a desire to participate. Repeated bobbing has always been required, as Mr Sheerman can well testify. I encourage Paul Masterton to increased athleticism.

Photo of Paul Masterton Paul Masterton Conservative, East Renfrewshire

Thank you, Mr Speaker, and apologies.

With whisky exports worth £4 billion a year, has the Minister discussed with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy how we can capitalise on the export success story of Scottish whisky?

Photo of Mark Garnier Mark Garnier Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

Scottish whisky is one of our greatest export success stories, and my hon. Friend is right to say that it is worth £4 billion a year. It is this Department that leads, in every sense, on promoting exports of food and drink across the world. With the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, we look, in terms of agricultural exports, at where we have market access and at standards. We have to agree that separately.