Economies of the UK Islands — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:58 am on 9th May 2018.

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Photo of Alan Mak Alan Mak Conservative, Havant 10:58 am, 9th May 2018

We have had a very good and wide-ranging debate. I thank all right hon. and hon. Members for contributing. Mr Carmichael was right to highlight the opportunities and strengths of islands in addition to the challenges. In an excellent speech, my hon. Friend Mr Seely emphasised what special and unique places our islands are. My hon. Friend Bill Grant gave us an excellent perspective from Scotland, and I commend him for his service as a fire officer on Argyll and Bute.

I thank the Minister for his thoughtful response and his commitments, on behalf of the Government, to increase productivity and living standards on all the islands of the United Kingdom, including Hayling Island. I would very much welcome his visiting my constituency. I thank both Opposition spokespeople for their responses, Patricia Gibson in particular. She, too, is welcome on Hayling Island anytime. Thank you, Mr Rosindell, for chairing the debate.

To conclude, we are all islanders and must all work together to ensure that all the islands of the United Kingdom, whether large or small, have a bright economic future. I am glad that the House, through this debate, has committed to ensuring just that.

Question put and agreed to.


That this House
has considered the economies of the UK islands.