Results 1–20 of 2017 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Sam Gyimah

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: University Research: Commercialisation (17 Jul 2018)

Sam Gyimah: We want the UK to be the place where innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs turn ideas into reality. Our universities have a strong part to play within this, alongside business. That is why we are funding, through United Kingdom Research and Innovation, support for research collaborations between universities and business. We also have the industrial strategy challenge fund, as well as...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: University Research: Commercialisation (17 Jul 2018)

Sam Gyimah: My hon. Friend makes a very important point. Our research and innovation collaboration is important in what we do with the EU, but also globally in what we do around the world. That is why UKRI has established a new £110 million fund to explore and develop international partnerships with leading science and innovation regions. We will also bring forward an international science strategy...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: University Research: Commercialisation (17 Jul 2018)

Sam Gyimah: Just focusing on the substance of the hon. Gentleman’s question—[Interruption.] The reason behind UK Research and Innovation, which brings together all the research agencies in the UK, is that, for the first time, we have a strategic brain to direct UK research so that we can allow innovation and ingenuity to flourish in our universities. That is the best way to create returns...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: University Research: Commercialisation (17 Jul 2018)

Sam Gyimah: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. I am particularly interested in the research that Queen’s University Belfast is doing, particularly around areas of cyber-security. I look forward to visiting it in due course. Obviously, UKRI deals with all of the UK and that university will benefit from grants from UKRI too.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Science Base: Funding (17 Jul 2018)

Sam Gyimah: The principal research funding route is through UK Research and Innovation, which in 2018 alone accounts for over £6 billion of investment in research and innovation. I am proud that the Conservative Government have overseen the largest increase in scientific research and development funding that we have ever seen in the UK. We are investing an additional £7 billion in R&D by...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Science Base: Funding (17 Jul 2018)

Sam Gyimah: The increase in funding is actually in real terms, but my hon. Friend is absolutely right: to succeed here, we have to be open to ideas and open to talent. He will have seen the recent relaxation in the tier 5 visa restrictions for scientists. We are also investing £900 million in UKRI’s flagship future leadership fellowships and a further £350 million for the national...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Science Base: Funding (17 Jul 2018)

Sam Gyimah: I am aware that everyone in the life sciences sector has welcomed the life sciences sector deal. As part of our work to reach 2.4% of our GDP being invested in scientific research by 2027, we will be working with the pharmaceutical industry along with other industries to increase their research investment in the UK.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Science Base: Funding (17 Jul 2018)

Sam Gyimah: I am very much aware of that and am in discussions with UK Research and Innovation. An announcement will be made very soon.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Sainsbury’s-Asda Merger (17 Jul 2018)

Sam Gyimah: As far as the Asda-Sainsbury’s merger is concerned, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has been in close contact with the chief executives of both organisations. They have confirmed that there are no planned store closures as a result of the merger.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Sainsbury’s-Asda Merger (17 Jul 2018)

Sam Gyimah: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that the merger is a matter for the companies themselves. They have, however, given an assurance that there are no planned closures and confirmed that Asda will continue to be run from Leeds with its own chief executive officer. The Competition and Markets Authority is looking at other aspects of the merger.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Sainsbury’s-Asda Merger (17 Jul 2018)

Sam Gyimah: The potential impact on suppliers and the supply chain is a very valid concern, given the market power that the combined entity will have, which is why my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State wrote to the CMA asking it to look at the impact on the supply chain as part of its ongoing investigation.

Nuclear Sector Deal (28 Jun 2018)

Sam Gyimah: The Business Secretary is currently in north Wales, in Trawsfynydd, launching the nuclear sector deal, which is why I am here in his place. The industrial strategy sets out how long-term partnerships between the Government and industry can create significant opportunities to boost productivity, employment, innovation and skills. We committed to agreeing sector deals with industries that put...

Nuclear Sector Deal (28 Jun 2018)

Sam Gyimah: I understand the hon. Gentleman’s concern, but a written ministerial statement is being laid before Parliament today, and I reiterate that the Secretary of State and the Energy Minister are in Wales, launching the nuclear sector deal as we speak. Given the hon. Gentleman’s long-standing, diligent campaign in this area, I am happy to offer him a meeting with the Secretary of State...

Nuclear Sector Deal (28 Jun 2018)

Sam Gyimah: My hon. Friend, who has campaigned assiduously on this issue since she joined the House, makes a very good point around the commitment to increase the number of women working in the sector. That is a significant commitment, and one that we are determined to deliver on. More generally, for Cumbria, a major component of the deal is support for lower-cost decommissioning using advanced...

Nuclear Sector Deal (28 Jun 2018)

Sam Gyimah: On the question of there being no new money here, that is not correct. The deal announced today has £20 million for advanced manufacturing, £10 million for supply chain support, £40 million for potential hydraulics facilities in north Wales and £32 million of industry money, and potentially more to come. That is new money. On the much broader question of tidal energy...

Nuclear Sector Deal (28 Jun 2018)

Sam Gyimah: My hon. Friend is right: nuclear is a key part of the energy mix and we are looking for low-cost, reliable and stable sources of energy. That is why our industrial strategy is focusing today on a nuclear energy deal to deliver precisely that.

Nuclear Sector Deal (28 Jun 2018)

Sam Gyimah: We have become accustomed in this House to Scottish National party MPs doing one thing north of the border and saying a different thing south of the border. The former Member for Gordon, when he was First Minister, backed the life extension of the nuclear plants in Scotland, so I am surprised that faced with this deal they are not welcoming the jobs in the supply chain from which Scotland...

Nuclear Sector Deal (28 Jun 2018)

Sam Gyimah: My hon. Friend is right to point out the commitment to women. Currently, the percentage of women in the sector is 22%. We believe that is far too low. Forty per cent. is an ambition we intend to meet and build on, although that does not seem to be enough for the Opposition. The impact on emissions has been considered. I draw the attention of Members to the nuclear deal, which is in the House...

Nuclear Sector Deal (28 Jun 2018)

Sam Gyimah: I welcome the extended question from the hon. Lady. She is absolutely right to say that small modular reactors in Wales could position Wales as a world leader. It is encouraging to see Ministers from Westminster at the launch today. They are working closely in partnership with Welsh Government officials. I believe that that is how we are going to make this a success. On the broader question,...

Nuclear Sector Deal (28 Jun 2018)

Sam Gyimah: Part of the way to achieve success in this area, and indeed in most other areas of science, is to have clusters around the country. Part of the industrial strategy is to ensure that where such clusters exist, support is available for them to be successful, as with the one in Derby that my hon. Friend mentions.


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