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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons on 2nd May 2019.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Secretary of State for Transport

I have said to all those who are commissioning new trains, particularly when my Department has a role in the procurement, that I expect manufacturers, when they deliver trains—this is an important point going back to what Mr Sheerman said earlier—to leave a skills footprint and a technology footprint in the United Kingdom. One thing we can all do through the procurement process is to be absolutely insistent that that skills footprint is left behind. That does more than anything else to ensure that trains are and will be built in the United Kingdom.