Science and Innovation: Levelling Up

Part of Business, Energy and Industrial strategy – in the House of Commons on 22nd February 2022.

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Photo of Aaron Bell Aaron Bell Conservative, Newcastle-under-Lyme

I thank the Minister for his answer. In Newcastle-under-Lyme, Keele University plays a substantial role in levelling up north Staffordshire through its work with local authorities and its Keele deals addressing economy, health, culture and social inclusion. There is also the enterprise zone, including the science and innovation park, which provides a home and support mechanism for more than 50 companies, with more to come. Will the Minister confirm that universities’ role in such work will be supported as part of our levelling-up agenda, as we get more money spent outside the south-east?