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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:31 pm on 10th June 2019.

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Photo of Alun Cairns Alun Cairns The Secretary of State for Wales 5:31 pm, 10th June 2019

My right hon. Friend makes the important point that Europe faces similar challenges. I have already pointed to the 5,000 jobs that have been lost in the automotive sector in Germany, and we are seeing similar challenges in Spain and elsewhere. Many of these issues are being driven by consumer demand, but some are being driven by regulation, and I think every regulator needs to reflect on the demands from the climate change challenge together with the risks that it poses in the short term until the technology catches up.