Caravan Industry: Hull and East Riding

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:04 pm on 15th June 2020.

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Photo of Emma Hardy Emma Hardy Shadow Minister (Education) 9:04 pm, 15th June 2020

The hon. Member is quite right. Hull is the capital of caravan manufacturing in the UK, but that is not to say that it is not a vital industry in other areas of the country as well.

Because caravan manufacturers are not officially part of the leisure and tourism sector, they are not eligible for the extra Government support that leisure and tourism enjoy, so I am here to speak up for an industry which faces unique challenges and plays a pivotal role in the prosperity of a region that has no capacity to withstand its loss. The caravan industry is a great British manufacturing success story. The industry’s supply chain comprises caravan manufacturers and their suppliers, which feed into the UK retail network of caravan parks, dealerships and distributors. The industry contributes £9 billion a year to the UK economy and is a growing exporter. Employment within the supply chain stands at 207,580, and I understand that Jim Shannon has the third largest caravan site in Northern Ireland in his constituency.